[La Lanterne magique]

0520-0524

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[La Lanterne magique]


The Trick Magic Lantern

The scene represents the interior of a toyshop. Punch makes his entry dancing a characteristic step, and his friend Pierr follows shortly after performing a step to the tune of "Au clair de la lune." The latter holds a candlestick and he shows his friend Punch that it gives no more light while quoting some words of the familiar song quite à propos. “You wish some light,” says Punchinello. “I will give you some, and at the same time I will show you something most astonishing.” He asks Pierre to give him a lift. Then both bring a platform and construct section by section a huge magic lantern. Punch puts inside of it a large lamp, lights it and opens the slide, thereby throwing upon the wall a large white disc within which pictures in varying subjects begin to appear. At first a grand personage with his consort is shown, then follow two eccentric characters, and afterwards the pictures of Pierre and Punch highly magnified. (These moving pictures dissolve one into the other upon a white background-a new feat in cinematographic work.) Punch puts out the light in the lantern and the views disappear, when suddenly the sections of the lantern fall apart and out of them come forth six dancing girls who do a four-step. And as they finish, a charming eccentrique makes her appearance and does a very pretty turn. The magic lantern, which had been shut up by Punch, again opens and out of it emerges an entire corps de ballet, and they all execute a dance together. The “première danseuse” comes on and mingles with the dancers; Punch and Pierre become her suitors, they quarrel and soon engage in a hard fight, the sight of which causes the dancers to flee in terror. A body of policemen arrive. Pierre and Punch hide in the lantern. The policemen examine it on every side. Suddenly the lantern opens, but the occupants have vanished and have been replaced by a monster, who extends himself and contracts and at the same time executes some ludicrous contortions. The policemen at this strange sight flee in hopeless confusion, the corps de ballet returns and dances among the remains of the lantern and around the monster who continues to contort himself in a peculiar fashion.

LUB 1904-06


Linterna mágica

MEL 1904-A


The Magic Lantern

(An amusing and picturesque ballet with several captivating new tricks.)

The scene represents the interior of a toyshop. Punchinello makes his entry dancing a characteristic step, and his friend Pierrot follows shortly after performing a step to the tune of "Au clair de la lune." The latter holds a candlestick and he shows his friend Punchinello that it gives no more light while quoting some words of the familiar song quite à propos. “You wish some light,” says Punchinello. “I will give you some, and at the same time I will show you something most astonishing.” He asks Pierrot to give him a lift. Then both bring a platform and construct, section by section, a huge magic lantern. Punchinello puts inside of it a large lamp, lights it and opens the slide, thereby throwing upon the wall a large white disc, within which pictures in varying subjects begin to appear. At first a grand personage with his consort is shown, then follow two eccentric characters, and afterwards the pictures of Pierrot and Punchinello highly magnified. (These moving pictures dissolve one into the other upon a white background-a new feat in cinematographic work.) Punchinello puts out the light in the lantern and the views disappear, when suddenly the sections of the lantern fall apart and out of them come forth six dancing girls who do a four-step after the style of the Barrison Sisters. And as they finish, a charming eccentrique makes her appearance and does a very pretty turn. The dancers retire. The magic lantern, which had been shut up by Punchinello, again opens and out of it emerges an entire corps de ballet from the Paris Opera House, and they all execute a dance together. The “première danseuse” comes on and mingles with the dancers; Punchinello and Pierrot become her suitors, they quarrel and soon engage in a hard fight, the sight of which causes the dancers to flee in terror. A body of policemen arrive. Pierrot and Punchinello hide in the lantern. The policemen, with eccentric manners, examine it on every side. Suddenly the lantern opens, but Pierrot and Punchinello have vanished and they have been replaced by a monster, who extends himself and contracts and at the same time executes some ludicrous contortions. The policemen at this strange sight flee in hopeless confusion, the corps de ballet returns and dances among the remains of the lantern and around the monster, who continues to contort himself in a peculiar fashion.

MEL 1905-A

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1 Méliès 520-524  
2 Georges Méliès  
3 1903 100m/315ft/308ft (LUB)
4 France   

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01/07/1905 Cuba, La Habana Costa  La linterna mágica 
07/02/1906 FranceParis G. Méliès Lanterne Magique
 
G. Méliès
Paris, le 7 février 1906
Monsieur Caroli
[...]
520-524     Lanterne Magique
Collection particulière [D.R.]

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