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The Manufacture de films pour cinématographes, often known as the Star Film Company, was a French film production company run by the illusionist and film director Georges Méliès. ()

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The Astronomer's Dream(2020)

3min | Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 48 votes)

An astronomer has a terrifying dream.

The Haunted Castle(2021)

3min | Fantasy, Horror
3.3/5 (with 51 votes)

Le Manoir du diable or The House of the Devil, released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devil's Castle, is an 1896 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. The film tells the story of an encounter with the Devil and various attendant phantoms. It is intended to evoke amusement and wonder from its audiences, rather than fear. However, because of its themes and characters, it has been considered to technically be the first horror film, as well as potentially the first vampire film. The film opens with a large bat flying into a medieval castle, circling a room, and then suddenly changing into the Devil. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures in an effort to scare two cavaliers, eventually succeeding in causing one to flee. Ultimately the remaining cavalier is confronted face-to-face by the Devil before reaching for and brandishing a large crucifix, which causes the Devil to vanish.

The Man with the Rubber Head(1901)

3min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 45 votes)

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

The One-Man Band(1900)

2min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

A band-leader has arranged seven chairs for the members of his band. When he sits down in the first chair, a cymbal player appears in the same chair, then rises and sits in the next chair. As the cymbal player sits down, a drummer appears in the second chair, and then likewise moves on to the third chair. In this way, an entire band is soon formed, and is then ready to perform.

Jupiter's Thunderballs(1903)

3min | Comedy, Fantasy
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

With godly entrapments, Zeus appears on the horizon, engages Hermes as an audience, and tries to throw some thunderbolts. They fizzle. Hephaestus tries to make some repairs but succeeds only in heating the bolts and burning Zeus's hands. Zeus conjures nine muses, but do their incantations help? He dismisses them as well as a visiting Pan, and his fits of pique become counter-productive. Can he get his powers back?

A Nightmare(2020)

1min | Horror
3.0/5 (with 23 votes)

A man has a fantastical nightmare involving, among other things, a grinning malevolent moon.

The Kingdom of the Fairies(1903)

3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears. Though driven off, the witch soon returns, summons some of her servants, and carries off the princess. A rescue party is quickly organized, but the unfortunate captive has been taken to a strange, forbidding realm, from where it will be impossible to rescue her without some special help.

An Up-to-Date Conjurer(2020)

1min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

A film from Méliès has him playing a magician who does a few tricks including making a woman disappear.

The Diabolic Tenant(1909)

7min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 19 votes)

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

The Palace of the Arabian Nights(1905)

2.8/5 (with 8 votes)

A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.

Directed by Georges Méliès

A Terrible Night(2020)

1min | Comedy, Horror
2.7/5 (with 20 votes)

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

The Infernal Cauldron(1903)

2min | Fantasy, Horror
3.1/5 (with 21 votes)

A green-skinned demon places a woman and two courtiers into a flaming cauldron.

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The Triple Conjurer and the Living Head(1900)

1min
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

A conjurer (along with two duplicates) conjure up (and then cause to vanish) a beautiful woman head-first.

The Mysterious Box(1903)

2min | Fantasy
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of glass on which he lays a box about four inches high. He then takes a table cover, with his servant's help, rolls it up and from the centre emerges a lady, beautifully dressed. At the juggler's order she jumps in the box, in which she completely disappears.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Mysterious Portrait(2020)

1min | Fantasy
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

A magician produces a living portrait of himself.

Playing Cards(2020)

2.4/5 (with 16 votes)

Three friends are playing cards in a beer garden. One of them orders drinks. The waitress comes back with a bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray. The man serves his friends. They clink glasses and drink. Then the man asks for a newspaper. He reads a funny story in it and the three friends burst out laughing while the waitress merely smiles.

Between Calais and Dover(2020)

1min
2.8/5 (with 10 votes)

A rocky sea voyage as reenacted by Georges Méliès.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Comical Conjuring(1903)

2min
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

In a room filled with jugglers' properties of enormous size a prestidigitateur dressed in eccentric costume enters with his assistant. The servant, believing that he would be comfortable in an armchair, sits down in it, but finds that it conceals a bucket of water, in which he falls. The juggler brings a large empty cask and puts it upon a table and fills it up with several pails of water.

Jack Jags and Dum Dum(1903)

2min
1.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Two comic characters, Jack Jags and Dum Dum, perform slapstick comedy on stage.

Remote Electric Photography(1908)

2.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring, and projects a painting of three women onto a large screen; suddenly the women begin to move. The customers are impressed. First the women sits in the special seat: she's projected onto the screen, and her good nature comes out in the laughing image. Then it's the man's turn, but the machine discloses a vastly different nature in him. Will his reaction threaten our proprietor's inventions?

Suicide of Colonel Henry(2020)

1min
2.3/5 (with 10 votes)

Shows the interior of the cell of the Prison Militaire du Cherche-Midi, Paris, where Colonel Henry is confined. He is seated at a table writing a letter, on completion of which he rises and takes a razor out he had concealed in his porte-manteau, with which he cuts his throat. The suicide is discovered by the sergeant of the guard and officers.

The Mermaid(1904)

4min | Fantasy
2.6/5 (with 17 votes)

A man performs tricks with an aquarium and a mermaid.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer(1904)

3min | Comedy
2.3/5 (with 9 votes)

A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear. The conjurer spins the open parasol in front of himself, and a dog leaps out from behind it. The dog becomes a woman, then a masked man appears. The conjurer sits them each on a box a few feet apart: suddenly the woman and man have changed places. The disappearing and the transfers continue in front of a simple backdrop.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Temptation of St. Anthony(2020)

1min | Fantasy
2.9/5 (with 13 votes)

St. Anthony is tempted by visions of women, including one that is transformed from the image of Jesus Christ Himself!

The Black Imp(1905)

4min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 21 votes)

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Attempt Against the Life of Maitre Labori(2019)

1min
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

Maître Labori is seen approaching the bridge of Rennes in company with Colonel Picquart and M. Gast, Mayor of Rennes. They notice that they are followed by another man to whom Colonel Picquart calls Labori's attention. They, however, consider his proximity of no importance, and continue to speak together. As soon as their backs are turned, the man draws a revolver and fires twice at Maître Labori, who is seen to fall to the ground. The culprit makes his escape, pursued by Colonel Picquart and M. Gast.

The Clockmaker's Dream(1904)

2min | Fantasy
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.

The Drawing Lesson(1903)

2min
2.1/5 (with 4 votes)

In a corner of the garden we see an ornamental fountain. An old professor comes along, looking for a nice spot where he can teach his pupils. Finding the fountain to his liking he goes after his scholars. A mysterious person who has noticed the old man, by means of a balloon, a handkerchief and a coat, constructs a peculiar figure, doing a lot of tricks at the same time.

The Bewitched Trunk(1904)

3min | Fantasy
2.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Bewtiched trunk.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Cook's Revenge(1900)

1min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

A decapitated cook wreaks havoc on his kitchen.

Directed by Georges Méliès
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