The French director Georges Méliès (1861-1938) is rightly famous for his innovative use of special effects. He’s credited with inventing time-lapse photography, multiple exposures, stop-trick, and dissolves. I’ve selected two outrageously fun short films of his. He’s most famous for the sci-fi classic Voyage to the Moon, but any cinema lover will enjoy these two pieces of cinematic history.
Le Diable Noir (1905)
A devil wrecks havoc on a man in a hotel room… Slapstick and very very funny. Stop-trick is used to full advantage….
Un Homme de Têtes (1898)
A magician talks with his own head (s) which he places on a table… Again, the pure unbridled joy of the new medium combines with newly discovered special-effects techniques is infectious and delightful.