1909: 1 movie

posted 2012 August 8

Le locataire diabolique
Directed by and starring Georges Méliès

   The title for this late Melies picture translates from French as "The diabolical tenant". But as diabolical as he is, and as cheated as his landlord becomes, it's almost impossible not to root a little for the tenant. That's probably because of the quick and thorough decorating job we see him undertake, because of his magic bag, his love of finer things, his family ethic, and his underdog status. Cinematically, this is a perfect blend of set decoration, special effects, editing, acting, and story. Additionally, the color is beautifully applied.

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