Sunday, April 6, 2014

1903


TITLE, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, PRODUCTION CO.
YEAR
TYPE(S)
GRADE
REVIEW
SOURCE
20th Century Illustrationist



SEE Illusions Funambulesques

Alcofribas, the Master Magician



SEE Enchanteur Alcofribas

Alice in Wonderland (UK, Hepworth)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1903
O
(C)
the first white rabbit, if you're a fan, grab it
LINK YT
Apparition, The
The Apparition, or Mr. Jones' Comical
Experience With a Ghost



SEE Revenant

Auberge du Bon Repos (France, Méliès)
1903
GH
(A)
room's haunted, tenant's taunted, you've seen it before but this one's no bore
LINK YT
Au Royaume des Fées




SEE Royaume des Fées

Ballet-Master's Dream



SEE Rêve du Maître de Ballet

Bob Kick, L’Enfant Terrible (France, Méliès)
Bob Kick, the Mischievous Kid
1903
HW
(B+)
drunk teased by skull, disappears null, not dull
LINK YT
Boîte à Malice (France, Méliès)
1903
WX
(B/B+)
disappearance into the box complete, trick is neat, bit of a treat
LINK YT
Bonne Farce Avec Ma Tête (France, Méliès)
1903
CZ
(B+)
takes his head off, grows another, they mess with each other
LINK YT
Cake-Walk Infernal (France, Méliès)
1903
H
(B/B+)
dancing in hell, social commentary, your attention may vary
LINK YT
Chaudron Infernal (France, Méliès)
1903
H
(A+)
nasty demon, boils women, they become ghost, demon is toast
LINK YT
Cheese Mites (UK, Urban)
1903
(x)
(x)
science gross, genre close (but no cigar)
LINK YT
Comical Conjuring



SEE Jack et Jim

Comment Monsieur Prend son Bain
( France, Gaumont)
1903
X
(A)
more haunted clothes, this one flows
LINK YT
Condemnation of Faust



SEE Faust aux Enfers

Corbeille Enchantée (France, Méliès)
1903


I haven’t seen this.  Possibly at MOMA.  Can you provide it to me?
Damnation of Faust



SEE Faust aux Enfers

Devil's Pot



SEE Marmite Diabolique, 1904 US title

Diabolical Saucepan



SEE Marmite Diabolique

Drawing Lesson



SEE Statue Animée

Dream of the Ballet Master



SEE Rêve du Maître de Ballet

Enchanted Basket



SEE Corbeille Enchantée

Enchanted Box



SEE Boîte à Malice

Enchanted Well



SEE Puits Fantastique

Enchanter, The



SEE Enchanteur Alcofribas

Enchanteur Alcofribas (France, Méliès)
1903
GHW
(B+)
many's the art this wizard can start, has heart
LINK YT
Extraordinary Illusions



SEE Illusions Funambulesques

Fairyland, The
Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies
Fairyland, or The Kingdom of the Fairies



SEE Royaume des Fées

Faust aux Enfers (France, Méliès)
1903
H
(B+)
Faust in hell, done well, so much dance but give it a chance
LINK YT
Faust et Méphistophélès
(France, Gaumont)
1903
HW
(B+)
stagey but cagy
LINK YT
Faust in Hell



SEE Faust aux Enfers

Filles du Diable (France, Méliès)
1903


I haven’t seen this.  Supposedly a fragment exists.  Can you provide it to me?
Flamme Merveilleuse (France, Méliès)
1903
W
(B-)
mystical flame, but when it's all the same, ya got no game
LINK YT
Ghost and the Candle



SEE Revenant

Guirlande Merveilleuse (France, Méliès)
1903
HW
(B)
flowers make a loop, magic in the hoop, whoop-de-doop
LINK YT
How Monsieur Takes his Bath



SEE Comment Monsieur Prend son Bain

How the Old Woman Caught the Omnibus
(UK, Hepworth)
1903
C
(B)
old woman super-strong, these 2 minutes too long!
VHS Origins of Cinema Vol. 6
Illusions Funambulesques (France, Méliès)
1903
W
(B)
a bit of everything, Melies magic starting to lose its sting
LINK YT
Infernal Boiling Pot



SEE Chaudron Infernal

Infernal Cake Walk



SEE Cake-Walk Infernal

Infernal Caldron
Infernal Caldron and the Phantasmal Vapours
Infernal Cauldron
Infernal Cauldron and the Phantasmal Vapours 



SEE Chaudron Infernal

Inn of 'Good Rest'
Inn Where No Man Rests



SEE Auberge du Bon Repos

Jack and Jim
Jack et Jim



SEE Jacques et Jim

Jack Haggs and Dum Dum
Jack Jaggs and Dum Dum



SEE Tom Tight et Dum-Dum

Jacques et Jim (France, Méliès)
1903
W
(B-)
two magic goons delighting, not very exciting
LINK YT
Joueur Illusionniste



SEE Métamorphoses du Roi de Pique, alternate CNC title

Jupiter's Thunderballs
Jupiter's Thunderbolts, or The Home of
the Muses



SEE Tonnerre de Jupiter

Kingdom of the Fairies



SEE Royaume des Fées

King of Spades



SEE Métamorphoses du Roi de Pique, 1904 US title

Lanterne Magique  (France, Méliès)
1903
X
(B)
living toys, tries hard to bring joys, somewhat annoys
LINK YT
Life and Passion of Christ



SEE Vie et la Passion de Jésus Christ

Life of an American Fireman (US, Edison)
1903
(x)
(x)
no matter which edit, no genre credit, unless you think the intent was portent
LINK YT 14:50 (2 edits)
Life of Our Savior



SEE Vie et la Passion de Jésus Christ

Living Statue



SEE Statue Animée

Magic Lantern
Magic Lantern, or The Bioscope in the Toy Shop



SEE Lanterne Magique

Marmite Diabolique (France, Lumière)
1903
H
(A-)
cook boils the lad, Satan saves the tad, rad
LINK DVD
Marvellous Hoop
Marvellous Wreath



SEE Guirlande Merveilleuse

Mary Jane's Mishap (UK, Smith)
Mary Jane’s Mishap, or Don't Fool With the Paraffin
1903
G
(B/B+)
this nut lit paraffin, now she's toast, they visited her grave, met her ghost
LINK YT
Mélomane (France, Méliès)
Le Mélomane
The Melomaniac
1903
C
(B+)
Melies head floats, becomes musical notes, feels its oats
LINK vimeo
Métamorphose du Roi de Pique
Métamorphoses du Roi de Pic, alternate CNC title



SEE Métamorphoses du Roi de Pique (1903)

Métamorphoses du Roi de Pique
(France, Pathé Frères)
Metamorphosis of the King of Spades, 1904 US title

1903


I haven’t seen this.  Exists at George Eastman House (LINK) and CNC (LINK).  Can you provide it to me?
Miniature Prize Fighters



SEE Pocket Boxers

Monstre (France, Méliès)
Le Monstre
The Monster
1903
Z
(A)
pharaoh's reaction to this undead action is a great attraction
LINK YT
Mr. Jones' Comical Experience With a Ghost



SEE Revenant

Music Lover



SEE Mélomane

Mysterious Box



SEE Boîte à Malice

Mystical Flame



SEE Flamme Merveilleuse

Oracle de Delphes (France, Méliès)
Oracle of Delphi
1903
W
(A-)
with temple's gold don't monkey, or be turned into a donkey, chunky!
LINK YT
Parapluie Fantastique (France, Méliès)
1903
W
(B-)
prancing and necromancing
LINK YT
Passion, La
Passion and Death of Christ
Passion de Notre-Seigneur Jésus Christ
Passion Play



SEE Vie et la Passion de Jésus Christ

Pocket Boxers (UK, Paul)
1903
CF
(A)
creations or machine, these guys are keen!
LINK BP
Portrait Spirituel (France, Méliès)
Portrait Spirite
1903
W
(B)
canvas absorbs girl, not quite a pearl
LINK YT
Prêté Pour un Rendu, ou Un Bonne
Farce Avec Ma Tete



SEE Bonne Farce Avec Ma Tête

Puits Fantastique (France, Méliès)
1903
BHW
(A+)
story and effects, the quality reflects
LINK YT
Rêve du Maître de Ballet (France, Méliès)
1903
O
(B-)
dreams of ballet willow, wakes up beating his pillow
LINK YT
Revenant (France, Méliès)
Le Revenant
1903
G
(B+)
ghostly candle is more than he can handle, gaunt haunt taunt
LINK YT
Revenge is Sweet



SEE Sorcier

Rival Music Hall Artistes



SEE Tom Tight et Dum-Dum

Royaume des Fées (France, Méliès)
1903
HLW
(B+)
by goblins bride taken, groom shaken, fairies aid the story, costuming and color gets the glory
LINK archive 16:35
Shallow Box Trick
Shallow Trick Box



SEE Boîte à Malice

Sorcerer’s Revenge



SEE Sorcier

Sorcier (France, Méliès)
Le Sorcier
1903
W
(B/B+)
wizard accused, king amused, tables turned, lesson learned
LINK YT
Spiritualist Photographer
Spiritualistic Photographer



SEE Portrait Spirituel

Statue Animée (France, Méliès)
1903
W
(B+)
art class feature: statue taunts teacher
LINK YT
Stop That Bus!



SEE How the Old Woman Caught the Omnibus

Ten Girls in One Umbrella
Ten Ladies in An Umbrella,
Ten Ladies in One Umbrella



SEE Parapluie Fantastique

Tit for Tat
Tit for Tat, or A Good Joke on My Head



SEE Bonne Farce Avec Ma Tête, 1904 US title(s)

Tom Tight et Dum-Dum (France, Méliès)
1903
W
(B)
magic on stage, does not engage
LINK YT
Tonnerre de Jupiter (France, Méliès)
1903
L
(B+)
Zeus can't get his bolts to work, a smile and a smirk
LINK archive
Trick Box



SEE Boîte à Malice

Trick Magic Lantern



SEE Lanterne Magique

Uncle Tom's Cabin (or, Slavery Days)
(US, Edison)
1903
(x)
(x)
a few visions of heaven doesn't make this leaven
LINK YT 19:03
Unclean World (UK, Hepworth)
1903


I haven’t seen this.  Screened in Austria (LINK).  Can you provide it to me?
Vengeance du Sorcier



SEE Sorcier

Vie et la Passion de Jésus Christ
(France, Pathé Frères)
Vie et Passion du Christ
1903
R
B
he may be lord, but I was mostly bored
LINK archive 43:55
Witch’s Revenge



SEE Sorcier

Wonders of the Deep, or Kingdom of
the Fairies



SEE Royaume des Fées


KEY

COLUMN 1
FILM TITLE.   A title in red means the film is IMO outside the Fantastic genre.  Why is it on the list?  Other list-makers called it Fantastic.

In many cases, the indefinite and definite articles THE, AN, and A, as well as non-English counterparts, such as UN, UNE, LE, LA, LES, DER (and so forth), are omitted from the beginning of the film title.

COLUMN 2
YEAR OF RELEASE.  Alternate Titles (see Column 5) left blank.  A matter of accounting.

COLUMN 3
TYPES.  See WELCOME Page (February 2013).  An interesting way to think about the genre.  Alternate Titles (see Column 5) left blank. 

(x) means the film is IMO outside the Fantastic genre. 

COLUMN 4
GRADE.  My opinion of the film.  Letter grades A+ A A-  B+ B/B+ B B-  C D F

Shorts (generally, anything under 50 minutes) and Borderline Types (J,M,Q) have their grades in parentheses.  

Non-Genre are filled in as (x).  

Alternate Titles (see Column 5) are left blank.

COLUMN 5
ONE-LINE REVIEW.  Alternate Titles begin "SEE," pointing to the Main Title.

COLUMN 6
SOURCES.  Online links provided, but today's availability may be tomorrow's scrub.

DURATION.  If any, given, for ID purposes, in minutes and seconds, as 0:30 (30 seconds), 1:00 (one minute), or 67:42 (67 minutes, 42 seconds).  Extraneous footage disregarded.

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