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adammclean
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 Posted: Mon May 7th, 2012 02:42 pm
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I just found this interesting George Méliès film of 1906 on Youtube


L'Alchimiste Parafaragamus ou la Cornue infernale (The Mysterious Retort)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=E8gL4ahDWX4

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 Posted: Tue May 8th, 2012 07:23 am
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There is another early film on line:

Blackton, J. Stuart and Albert E. Smith, producers. The clown and the alchemist; Thomas A. Edison, Inc. USA: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. 1m:18s. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0840

I've also got a reference to another Melies film 'The Hallucinated alchemist' (1897), but cannot find a copy online. Plenty of references to it.

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The Alchemist (1913). No other details.

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 Posted: Tue May 8th, 2012 10:18 am
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Alan Pritchard wrote:


I've also got a reference to another Melies film 'The Hallucinated alchemist' (1897), but cannot find a copy online. Plenty of references to it.




Original title "L’hallucination de l’alchimiste" (1897).

Can't find it online but readily available on DVD (see DVD 6):

http://www.heeza.fr/description.php?lang=1&id=1259

There is a still from it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27516417@N00/4456915280/

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 Posted: Tue May 8th, 2012 01:50 pm
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Original title "L’hallucination de l’alchimiste" (1897).

Can't find it online but readily available on DVD (see DVD 6):

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There is a still from it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27516417@N00/4456915280/

 

 

I believe, Paul, that the still is from the segment 1:32 to 1:52 of «La Cornue Infernale» (1906); that is, that the movie's original title was «L’Hallucination de l’Alchimiste» (1897).

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Carl Lavoie wrote:
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Original title "L’hallucination de l’alchimiste" (1897).

Can't find it online but readily available on DVD (see DVD 6):

[...]
There is a still from it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27516417@N00/4456915280/

 

 

I believe, Paul, that the still is from the segment 1:32 to 1:52 of «La Cornue Infernale» (1906); that is, that the movie's original title was «L’Hallucination de l’Alchimiste» (1897).

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Yes, I think you are right Carl:

http://thebioscope.net/2010/01/08/melies-encore/

" A sharp-eyed viewer of the DVD has pointed out that what is identified as L’hallucination de l’alchimiste / An Hallucinated Alchemist (1897) on the Encore disc is merely a coloured and shortened print of Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou la cornue infernale / The Mysterious Retort (1906). More info here:

http://nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?t=5774 "

I believe that L'hallucination is sadly lost :(

See:

http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/H/HallucinationDeLAlchim1897.html

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 Posted: Tue May 8th, 2012 06:20 pm
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Note also:

http://www.scifi-universe.com/encyclopedie/film/11743-la-pierre-philosophale.htm

"Dans son laboratoire, un vieil alchimiste mène des expériences afin de découvrir la pierre philosophale.
Il jette différents éléments chimiques dans un chaudron disposé sur un feu, qui explose dans des volutes de fumée.
Soudain, de la fumée, surgit une belle jeune femme tenant de l'or dans les mains."

It would be interesting to know how he came to be so interested in the subject, and what circles he moved in.

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 Posted: Tue May 8th, 2012 07:17 pm
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See also this prize-winning amateur film on the theme of alchemy inspired by Georges' work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYOdyi48ppM

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 Posted: Tue May 8th, 2012 07:29 pm
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Le Miroir de Venise also has an alchemical theme:

http://dvdtoile.com/Film.php?id=12669


http://www.cineressources.net/dessins/resultat_f/index.php?pk=52489¶m=F&textfield=Georges+M%E9li%E8s&rech_type=E&rech_mode=contient&pageF=1&pageP=1&type=PNP&page_filmo=12&pk_recherche=14720#

Below is one of Georges' designs for the character of Shylock.

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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2013 03:35 am
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Just found this site dedicated to the films of the Silent Era:

http://silentbeauties.blogspot.com/search/label/Georges%20M%C3%A9li%C3%A8s

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 Posted: Sat Jan 31st, 2015 07:14 am
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George Méliès at Montparnasse station 1927.

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