The Melomaniac

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Le Mélomane
Méliès Mélomane.jpg
Directed by Georges Méliès
Starring Georges Méliès
Release date
Summer 1903[1]
Running time
50 meters[2]
Country France
Language Silent

The Melomaniac (French: Le Mélomane) is a 1903 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès.


A music master leads his band to a field where five telegraph lines are strung on utility poles. Hoisting up a giant treble clef, he turns the set of lines into a giant musical staff. He then uses copies of his own head to spell out the tune for "God Save the King," and his band joins in.

Production and release[edit]

Méliès himself plays the lead role of the music master. The superimposition effects in The Mélomaniac, allowing multiple Méliès heads to appear on the staff, were created by a multiple exposure technique requiring the same strip of film to be run through the camera seven times.[3]

The film was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 479–480 in its catalogues.[2] The film was registered for American copyright at the Library of Congress on 30 June 1903.[2]

The French film scholars Jacques Malthête and Laurent Mannoni believe The Mélomaniac to be Méliès's most famous trick film.[4]


  1. ^ Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 31, ISBN 9782732437323 
  2. ^ a b c Malthête & Mannoni 2008, p. 345
  3. ^ Frazer, John (1979), Artificially Arranged Scenes: The Films of Georges Méliès, Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., p. 113, ISBN 0816183686 
  4. ^ Malthête & Mannoni 2008, p. 147

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