CinéMagique

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CinéMagique
Walt Disney Studios Park
Area Production Courtyard
Coordinates 48°52′2.28″N 2°46′48.86″E / 48.8673000°N 2.7802389°E / 48.8673000; 2.7802389Coordinates: 48°52′2.28″N 2°46′48.86″E / 48.8673000°N 2.7802389°E / 48.8673000; 2.7802389
Status Closed
Opening date March 16, 2002
Closing date March 29, 2017
General statistics
Attraction type Cinema
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Cinema history
Audience capacity 1,100 per show
Duration 25 minutes
Director Jerry Rees
Writer Steve Spiegel
Composer Bruce Broughton
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

CinéMagique was a theatre show at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris mixing the live performance of an actor with synchronized movie scenes on a big screen. The attraction opened with the park on March 16, 2002 and stars Martin Short and Julie Delpy. The last show was on March 29, 2017.

Plot[edit]

The show began with a castmember reciting an opening spiel regarding the nature of the show : “Today, you are going to see a movie on the history of cinema spanning from silent films to today's modern films.” The movie started playing a montage of early black-and-white films. After a few moments, a cell phone ring was heard, and a man in the front rows answered it. He eluded the castmember and walked on the stage while talking.

Meanwhile, the love scene on screen between a Prince and a Princess was interrupted by this man's noisy conversation. The angered Prince attempted to stop him, but was unable to reach him due to the movie screen. He then enlisted the help of a nearby Magician to silence him. This Magician executed a magic trick which made the man disappear from the stage in a plume of smoke, and reappear inside the movie (here portrayed by Martin Short). Short's character (known as "George") seemed unable to recover from his surprise, and the Prince corrected him by punching him in the face. As the Prince and the Magician left, the Princess (called "Marguerite"), portrayed by Julie Delpy, comforted poor George. Yet, the Prince, seeing this, started chasing after him with a sword.

George escaped via a window to suddenly find out he was on the ledge of a high building with Harold Lloyd, in the scene of the clock tower from the Safety Last!. George found a fire escape and eventually made it to the ground. Just as he thought he was safe, a pie was thrown at his face. He could see that many others in the street, including Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, were engaged in throwing pies at one another. George got into the action, and discovered he can talk, meaning he had left silent movies.

Then, after angering an armed man by throwing a pie at him, George was backed down against a wall by a group of gangsters, in the scene from Angels with Dirty Faces. Before he was shot, two men appeared behind the gangsters, distracting them and allowing him to escape. However, George's escape was too noisy, and alerted the gangsters, who started shooting at him. Clips here included scenes from Some Like It Hot. George then crashed through a window. At this point, he had left the realm of black-and-white films.

As George stood up, he realized he was part of scenes from the movies Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with bandits standing before him. As George's phone rang, the scene used Sergio Leone's method of extreme close-ups to build up a shootout. George reached for the phone and the shootout started using footage from multiple westerns, including The Magnificent Seven. In his attempt to escape the gunfire, George dropped his phone, and then sought refuge in a nearby shed filled with TNT and other explosives. A cowboy then shot a crate of TNT, and sent George flying into the air.

George came blasting out of a chimney on the rooftops of London, thrust into the universe of Mary Poppins. He was then immediately sucked into the song "Step In Time". Meanwhile, Maguerite had been following George, whom she fell in love with, and arrived in the scene of the shootout. She could only find George's phone on the ground. The film cut back to George walking down a street during pouring rain (from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). There, he met Marguerite, who handed his phone back. Then, they called a taxi, but George was sucked down a puddle he jumped into. Marguerite attempted to follow him, but is unable to.

George had now dived underwater, coming across the Red October submarine from The Hunt for Red October (Marko Ramius was startled to see George through the periscope). George also met the divers from The Big Blue. Then, as he swam away, he encountered Pinocchio, who attempted to warn him about a large whale. Suddenly, Monstro awakened and chased both George and Pinocchio.

Upon reaching the surface, George saw the Titanic approaching him. He got helped out onto the bow by a lookout, only to see the ship hitting the iceberg. As passengers started running to the escape boats, George heard Jack Dawson calling for his life, and reached the corridor of doors to find him. He opened random doors, each one revealing someone else behind. The scenes included John Cleese from A Fish Called Wanda, Inspector Clouseau from The Pink Panther, Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, Sully from Monsters, Inc., and Linda Blair from The Exorcist. Then, as the water was flooding the corridor, and right before George met his demise, the wall he stood against opens up and he was grabbed.

George was now aboard the Death Star. He was quickly grabbed by a stormtrooper, who took him to a hidden corner, just in time to elude Darth Vader walking down the corridor. This helpful stormtrooper was then revealed to be Marguerite. Yet, real stormtroopers started chasing them through the space station, and to escape, they re-enacted the scene where Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker used the wire to traverse the chasm.

As they landed on the other side, they were in a medieval setting. A nearby Knight noticed George and Marguerite, and walked over to them. George begged for his help to get back to the other side of the screen in the real world. However, havoc broke loose. Armies descended and a battle ensued between knights. Kevin Costner as Robin Hood shot an arrow toward Marguerite, but she was saved by George jumping on its way to stop it. The arrow had clearly punctured his heart, and the fighting stops. As the Knight removed it, he found out that it had actually stabbed George's cell phone. Scared by its ringtone, the Knight crushed it. Then, he walked to the top of the hill and lightning struck his sword. He threw it toward the screen, breaking it open and creating a portal allowing George to travel back to the Theater. He does so, but the portal closed before Marguerite crosses it. Finally, the Magician returned and created a door for George to walk through. George then decided to go back into screen, and the movie ended with a loving embrace between them, complemented by a montage of famous on-screen kisses. The show closed with George and Marguerite skipping toward the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz

Halfway through 2013, some scenes (when George opened doors in the Titanic, and during the 'kissing' scene at the end) have been replaced by scenes from newer movies such as: Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Narnia.

Cast[edit]

List of featured films[edit]

Title Year Director Main actors
Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory 1894 Louis Lumière
The Kiss 1896 Edison Manufacturing Company John C. Rice, May Irwin
L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat 1894 Louis Lumière
The Great Train Robbery 1903 Edwin S. Porter
A Trip to the Moon 1902 Georges Méliès Georges Méliès, Bleuette Bernon
The Birth of a Nation 1915 D. W. Griffith
Cops 1922 Buster Keaton Buster Keaton
Plane Crazy 1928 Walt Disney Mickey Mouse
Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance Albert Dieudonné
The Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei Eisenstein Alexander Antonov
Nosferatu 1922 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Max Schreck
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1919 Robert Wiene
Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang Brigitte Helm
The Sheik 1921 George Melford Rudolph Valentino
Safety Last! 1923 Fred C. Newmeyer Harold Lloyd
The Battle of the Century 1927 Clyde Bruckman Laurel and Hardy
Behind The Screen 1916 Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Angels with Dirty Faces 1938 Michael Curtiz James Cagney
Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
Once Upon a Time in the West 1967 Sergio Leone Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1968 Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach
Tombstone 1993 George Pan Cosmatos Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer
The Wild Bunch 1969 Sam Peckinpah William Holden
The Magnificent Seven 1960 John Sturges Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen
Mary Poppins 1965 Robert Stevenson Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964 Jacques Demy Catherine Deneuve
The Hunt for Red October 1990 John McTiernan Sean Connery
The Big Blue 1987 Luc Besson Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno
Pinocchio 1940 Walt Disney
Titanic 1997 James Cameron Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Charles Crichton John Cleese
Trois hommes et un couffin 1985 Coline Serreau Roland Giraud, André Dussollier
The Pink Panther 1963 Blake Edwards Peter Sellers
The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme Anthony Hopkins
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Disney-Pixar
The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin Linda Blair
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 George Lucas Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford
The Three Musketeers 1993 Stephen Herek Kiefer Sutherland, Julie Delpy
Highlander 1986 Russell Mulcahy Christophe Lambert
Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa Tatsuya Nakadai
El Cid 1961 Anthony Mann Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren
Henri V 1989 Kenneth Branagh Kenneth Branagh, James Larkin
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam Monty Pythons
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 Kevin Reynolds Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman
Summertime 1955 David Lean Katharine Hepburn
Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean Omar Sharif, Julie Christie
Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable
A Man and a Woman 1966 Claude Lelouch Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée
Wuthering Heights 1939 William Wyler Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon
Ridicule 1996 Patrice Leconte Fanny Ardant, Jean Rochefort
The Horseman on the Roof 1995 Jean-Paul Rappeneau Olivier Martinez, Juliette Binoche
The Rules of the Game 1939 Jean Renoir Marcel Dalio, Paulette Dubost
The Black Orchid 1959 Martin Ritt Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren
A Place in the Sun 1951 George Stevens Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor
Carmen Jones 1954 Otto Preminger Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge
Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 Jean-Paul Rappeneau Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Perez, Anne Brochet
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 Robert Zemeckis Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd
Brave Little Tailor 1938 Walt Disney Mickey Mouse
To Catch a Thief 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc 1999 Luc Besson Milla Jovovich
The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming Judy Garland, Jack Haley

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