An Hallucinated Alchemist

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L'hallucination de l'alchimiste
Directed byGeorges Méliés
Release date
Running time
20 meters (approx. 1.1 minutes)[1]

An Hallucinated Alchemist (French: L'hallucination de l'alchimiste),[2] also known as The Alchemist's Hallucination,[1] was an 1897 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliés. This film is lost. The videos online are not this film, but actually The Mysterious Retort (1906).


The film features a star with five female heads and a giant face that has people coming out of its mouth.[citation needed]


The sets were hand painted.[3]

Release and influence[edit]

The film was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 95 in its catalogues. The film is currently presumed lost.[2]

The 1900 Edison Manufacturing Company short The Clown and the Alchemist, directed by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, may have been inspired by this film.[4]


  1. ^ a b Young, R. G. (1997), The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies, New York: Applause, p. 264, ISBN 978-1-55783-269-6
  2. ^ a b Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 337, ISBN 9782732437323
  3. ^ Kinnard, Roy. Horror in Silent Film: A Filmography, 1896-1929. North Carolina: McFarland. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-7864-0751-4.
  4. ^ Hamus-Vallée, Réjane (2002), Du trucage aux effets spéciaux, Condé-sur-Noireau: CinémAction-Corlet, p. 100