Hand colored by the Pathé stencil set method, The Rajah's Casket (L'Ecrin du Rajah or L'Ecrin du Radjah, 1906) was a French/Italian production and can be found on volume one of Retour de Flamme from Lobster Films in France.
The Rajah's Casket is also the first film in an on-line collection called Collected Works of Segundo de Chomón. Not everything in the string of videos is by Chomón, & this one is properly credited as directed by Gaston Velle, but written, photographed, & with special FX by Chomón means he should be regarded as co-director.
The Rajah's CasketBoth Gaston Velle & Segundo de Chomón worked hard under the influence of Georges Melies. Velle on his own tended to be a weak imitator of Melies. Chomón on the other hand often added something of his own so that his Melies-esque films were of a higher quality. And when he lent his skills as an FX engineer & director of photography to Velles films, they were both pushed to finer heights.
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