Alliance Francais presents Melies

Georges Melies, the father of cinematic special effects, revolutionized the history of cinema with his creativity and originality. This masterful craftsman deserves credit for conceiving film as an original performance, recreating newsreels, advertising films, extravaganzas in color, and science fiction. One hundred years later, his films are still relevant today.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, his family presents a series of performances in the true family tradition; this film-concert is designed as homage to this brilliant magician through a narrated performance accompanied by piano. For if the film was silent, the room was never so!

Georges Melies was one of the most amazing figures in cinema. From 1896 to 1913, he directed, distributed, performed, and produced 520 films. The film-concerts present an exclusive program of films by Georges Melies, accompanied, as in the 1900s, by a pianist and a narrator. The original reels were located, restored, preserved, and edited thanks to the work of the partner association, The Friends of Georges Melies. This show received the special Prize of the City of Vincennes 2010 during the International Cinema Meetings.


Adult tickets $15 each.
Purchase a family pack: 4 for $40.

L’homme à la tête en caoutchouc (The Man With the Rubber Head)

directed by Georges Méliès

A scientist removes his own head and makes it larger and smaller.

Au royaume des fées (Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies)

directed by Georges Méliès

A princess is kidnapped by a witch and taken to a different world.

Barbe-Bleue (Bluebeard)

directed by Georges Méliès

A curious woman explores a forbidden room.

Dislocation mystérieuse (An Extraordinary Dislocation)

directed by Georges Méliès

Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

L’homme orchestre (One Man Orchestra)

directed by Georges Méliès

A man multiplies himself to create an orchestra.

L’impressionniste fin de siècle (A Turn of the Century Illusionist)

A man does magic.

La chrysalide et le papillon (The Brahmin and the Butterfly)

directed by Georges Méliès

A Brahmin meets a butterfly and then turns into a caterpillar.

La fée Carabosse (The Fairy Carabosse [The Witch])

directed by Georges Méliès

A penniless troubador consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future.

La tentation de saint antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)

directed by Georges Méliès

A man is tempted by several ladies.

Le cake-walk infernal (The Cake-Walk Infernal)

directed by Georges Méliès

Pluto visits Earth and is struck by the dancing, which he brings back home with him.

Le diable noir (The Black Imp)

directed by Georges Méliès

An imp causes mischief at a hotel.

Le mélomane (The Music Lover)

directed by Georges Méliès

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Le merveilleux éventail vivant (The Wonderful Living Fan)

directed by Georges Méliès

The king of France receives a marvelous fan that comes to life.

Le sacre d’Edouard VII (The Coronation of Edward VII)

directed by Georges Méliès

A re-enactment of the coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII.

Les cartes vivantes (The Living Playing Cards)

directed by Georges Méliès

A magician has cards that come alive.

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