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Excelsior!--Prince Of Magicians (1901)--Méliès
'Excelsior!--Prince Of Magicians (1901)--Melies' is part of a series of films from Flicker Alley. Five early fantasy and trick films--including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Melies, hand-colored films from…
The Talion Punishment (Stencil-Colored) (1906)
'The Talion Punishment (Stencil-Colored) (1906)' is part of a series of films from Flicker Alley. Five early fantasy and trick films--including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Melies, hand-colored films…
Kiriki, Japanese Acrobats (Hand-Colored) (1907)
'Kiriki, Japanese Acrobats (Hand-Colored) (1907)' is part of a series of films from Flicker Alley. Five early fantasy and trick films--including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Melies, hand-colored films…
An Excursion To The Moon (Stencil-Colored) (1908)
'An Excursion To The Moon (Stencil-Colored) (1908)' is part of a series of films from Flicker Alley. Five early fantasy and trick films--including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Melies,…
The Automatic Moving Company (1911)
'The Automatic Moving Company (1911)' is part of a series of films from Flicker Alley. Five early fantasy and trick films--including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Melies, hand-colored films…

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Georges Méliès Collection
Georges Melies built the world's first movie studio in 1896 near Paris; from it cascaded fantastic magic films, dream films, historical reconstructions, imaginary journeys, melodramas, slapstick comedies -- even erotic films. A genuine virtuoso, Melies produced and directed his films while also devising the narratives; designing the sets, costumes and…