Le Diable Géant ou Le Miracle de la Madonne, 1901, 2m03s Star Film Catalogue Nos. 384-385
In a lavishly appointed room, a woman is serenaded by a man playing a lute while balanced on a ladder propped up just outside her window. After they clasp hands and gaze lovingly into each otherâs eyes, he descends to the ground. She crosses the room, beside herself with emotion. A devil appears in the alcove, causes bars to appear on her window, taunts her, and then performs a suggestive dance, gradually growing in size until he towers above her. In desperation, the woman pleads to a statue of the Madonna, who comes to life and shrinks the devil back to his original size, causing him to disappear. She then banishes the bars, and the lovers are reunited.
Director: Georges Méliès Writer: Georges Méliès Stars: Georges Méliès Country: France Release Date: 1901 (France) Release Date: April 1903 (USA) Also Known As (AKA) Le Diable Géant ou Le Miracle de la Madonne France (original title) A madonna csodája Hungary The Devil and the Statue USA The Gigantic Devil USA Production Co: Star-Film Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White
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July 20, 2016 Subject:
More Freudian nightmares
The devil in this movie is memorably grotesque. A prurient monster whose intentions regarding the heroine are repulsively signified in a wonderful display of the pantomimic style of acting that characterised the silent cinema of attractions. The mise en scene is sophisticated and the narrative again explores the murky realm of the human unconscious.