Thursday, 29 October 2009

The Infernal Cakewalk (1903)

In keeping with the turn-of-the-century Francophone passion for the macabre, exemplified by the Grand-Guignol and Cabaret du Neant, Georges Méliès made the following short in 1903. The structure of the film is little more than the popular dance of the day - the Cakewalk - but in a Dantean environment. However, there are odd bits of subversion in it, such as when the Devil tricks his demons by posing as Jesus Christ. It maintains the irreverent and jovial tone of most of Méliès' films.


harps said...

who knew Hell could be so much fun? Have you seen Segundo de Chomón's 'Satán se divierte'? Again, it features a bored Devil playing tricks on his demons. The costumes are just fantastic.

Cory Gross said...

Thanks for the link! It's always interesting to watch de Chomon's work and contrast it against Melies, especially when it's a variation on the same movie.

And I'm glad you're enjoying my blog! Be sure to stick around and visit regularly!