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The Monster (S)

The Monster (S)
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5.0
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Original title
Le monstre (S)
Year
1903
Running Time
2 min.
Country
 France
Director
Georges Méliès
Music
Silent Movie
Cinematography
B&W
Cast
Georges Méliès
Production Co.
Star Film
Genre
Fantasy | Ancient Egypt. Silent Film. Origins of Film. Short Film
Synopsis / Plot
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the opportunity of gazing once more upon the features of his wife. The dervish accepts the offer. He brings in from a neighboring tomb the receptacle containing the remains of the princess. He opens it and removes the skeleton, which he places upon the ground close beside him. Then, turning to the moon and raising his arms outstretched toward it, he invokes the moon to give back life to her who is no more. The skeleton begins to move about, becomes animated, and arises. The dervish puts it upon a bench and covers it with a white linen; a masque conceals its ghostly face. At a second invocation the skeleton begins again to move, arises, and performs a weird dance. In performing its contortions it partly disappears in the ground...
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