An Hallucinated Alchemist

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L'hallucination de l'alchimiste
Directed byGeorges Méliés
Production
company
Release date
1897
Running time
20 meters (approx. 1.1 minutes)[1]
CountryFrance
LanguageSilent

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).

Plot[edit]

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

Production[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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