THE DEVILS MANOR
THE DEVILS CASTLE; THE HAUNTED CASTLE
(Le Manoir du Diable)
At heart though, Georges Meliess films were little more than glorified magic shows. Amid all of his discoveries, for example, Melies never discovered the concept of moving his camera. His shows were exactly like stage shows where the camera remained in a fixed position in exactly the same place that the audience would sit and the trick effects would take place on the stage before it.
The Devil's Manor was one of his earliest films and in this case it is simply he playing with stop-action camera effects. These allow the Devil to appear and manifest all manner of items ghosts, witches, acrobats and angelic visions from out of a cauldron and to transform back and forth into a bat. The film is a single note joke but it is made with a sense of humour, most amusingly the end crucifix joke, which is probably the first use of a crucifix to despatch evil in a film. The film lasts about two minutes and has only a single camera set-up.
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