L'Homme de têtes

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L'Homme de têtes

MEL 1899-01


L'Homme de têtes

MA 1902


Four Heads Are Better Than One

Here is a film that will keep you guessing. A man is seen to lift his head from off his shoulders and places it on the table by his side. He does this three times, and seating himself on a stool with a banjo in his hands proceeds to sing and play; the three heads, all counterparts of the one on his shoulders, accompanying him. The heads annoy him so that he cannot proceed, and using the instrument as a club he smashes two of them to pieces and throws his own away. He is now left without a head. Taking one from the table which he had allowed to remain he tosses it in the air and it lands in the proper place, when he bows to the audience and vanishes. Wonderful!

LUB 1903-01


The Four Troublesome Heads

One of the most marvelous tricks ever cinematographed. The magician approaches and after the usual bow, proceeds with the tricks of taking off his own head, placing same on a table at his side. He is immediately supplied with another head, and in order to show the audience that there is no illusion about the trick, he crawls under the table, upon which is supported his first head. A second head is also removed from his shoulders, and finally a third, all being exact likenesses of the first. He is supplied with a fourth head and converses with the three severed heads on the table. Being musically inclined, he takes up a banjo and commences to play. The three severed heads are seen to sing, much to the discomfiture of the magician, who smashes the banjo over two of them, causing them to disappear. The third head is treated likewise, whereupon he throws his fourth head into the air, which again descends upon his shoulders. The magician then makes his bow and retreats from the scene. A most surprising and marvellous illusion.

MEL 1905-A


The Four Troublesome Heads

This film introduces some very ingenious tricks. The magician approaches, and after the usual bow, proceeds with the trick of taking off his own head. placing same on a table at his side. He is immediately supplied with another head, and in order to show the audience that there is no Illusion about the trick, he crawls under the table upon which is supported his first head. A second head is also removed from his shoulders, and finally a third, all being exact likenesses of the first. He is supplied with a fourth head, and converses with the three severed heads on the table. Being musically inclined, he takes up a banjo and commences to play. The three severed heads are seen to sing, much to the discomfort of the magician, who smashes the banjo over two of them, causing them to disappear. The third head is treated likewise, whereupon be throws his fourth head into the air, which again descends onto his shoulders. The magician then makes his bow and retreats from the scene. A surprising and marvelous illusion.

SEA 1908

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1 Méliès 167  Mazo 22 bis 
2 Georges Méliès   
3 1898-<05/03/1899 20m/65ft
4 FranceParis  

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05/03/1899 Espagne, Barcelone, Plaza Antonio López Cinematógrafo Hombre de cuatro cabezas ;
Uno con cuatro cabezas
03/04/1899 France, Reims Royal Biograph L'Homme à têtes 
20/07/1899 FranceParis G. Méliès  L'Homme de têtes 
 
G. Méliès
Paris, le 20 juillet 1899
Monsieur Gimeno
[...]
167     L'homme de têtes
Filmoteca Española, MAR/03/77
25/11/1899 FranceMarseille, Nouveau Théâtre   L'Homme au 5 têtes 
 
NOUVEAU THÉÂTRE
Nous sommes heureux d'apprendre à nos lecteurs qu'au 14 de la rue Noailles, dans les sous-sols de l'Exposition Permanente, a été créée tout récemment une nouvelle salle de spectacle qui fait tous les soirs les délices d'un public élégant et choisi désireux de se procurer un moment de charmante récréation, à des prix du reste fort modiques.
Les vues que le Nouveau Théâtre nous montre tous les jours sont du genre cinématographique, mais elle laissent bien loin derrière elles tout ce que l'établissement de M. Lumière et de ses imitateurs ont pu présenter au public marseillais.
Ce qui distingue ces nouvelles vues, c'est la transformation des personnages qui s'opère avec une merveilleuse rapidité et communique au tableau un caractère réellement féérique.
On ne sait vraiment quel tableau est le plus digne d'attirer l'attention. Sont-ce les " Scènes du bain à Venise ", " L'Alerte des pompiers à New-York ", " L'Homme au 5 têtes ", ou bien les " Luttes extravagantes " ? Le spectacle se continue par des visions d'art d'une saisissante réalité, les scènes représentant les " Dernières cartouches " avec le bruit des fusils et des obus faisant explosion, dépassent tout ce que l'on peut rêver en fait d'imitation de la réalité.
Enfin le dernier tableau la " Lune magicienne " est une véritable féérie à trucs et transformations, comme nous le répétons, notre ville n'en a pas encore vus et qui laissent partir les spectateurs sur une très agréable impression.
 La Vedette, Marseille, 25 novembre 1899, p. 218.
13/01/1901 Espagne, Alcoy cinematógrafo El hombre de las cuatro cabezas (en color) 
13/08/1901 France, Gagny M. Giel L'Homme aux quatre têtes 
02/09/1901 FranceNogent-sur-Seine M. Giel L'Homme aux quatre têtes
23/10/1901 FranceMartinique Giuseppe Filippi L'Homme aux 4 têtes 
07/02/1906 FranceParis G. Méliès Un homme de têtes 
 
G. Méliès
Paris, le 7 février 1906
Monsieur Caroli
[...]
167     Un homme de têtes
Collection particulière [D.R.]

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