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  • The Temptation of St. Anthony

    The Temptation of St. Anthony

    ★★★½

    Is this the first film to confront religious sexual oppression? Perhaps. I don't know. For its time it certainly feels edgy. Even today I don't think Evangelicals would be too happy to see Jesus turn into a voluptuous temptress on the cross. Although I sure get a kick out of it. Love the set on this one, too!

  • The Astronomer's Dream

    The Astronomer's Dream

    ★★★★★

    A mini-masterpiece of morbid imagery and demonic whimsy. An elderly astronomer dreams that he is being plagued by mischievous imps, angels, beautiful women, and one truly terrifying, flesh-eating moon. The sets and camera trickery are, as usual, amazing to behold.

  • The Black Imp

    The Black Imp

    ★★★★

    Another gleefully comic short from Georges Méliès. Again, the story is simple: a man staying in a hotel room is tormented by a mischievous imp. Méliès' usual ebullient camera trickery is on full display and will leave you marveling at how deftly he could conjure magic on screen. Even now, over a hundred and ten years later, I still can't figure out how he pulled off some of what he did here. Magnificent!

  • The Four Troublesome Heads

    The Four Troublesome Heads

    ★★★★

    Another little gem from Georges Méliès. A musician removes his head and replaces it with other heads, until there are more heads than he cares to deal with. For its time the optical effects are pretty damn good. Short, silly, and slightly macabre, this is a pure delight to watch. I would love to travel back to 1898 and see it with a live audience. The magic of the movies!