“The Enchanted Well” – a 1903 silent film by Georges Méliès

I saw this today on the Karmapolice blog and thought it was interesting and funny and actually a breakthrough in silent film making way back in 1903. Below is the writeup on it from YT:

“Georges Méliès (English pronunciation: /mɛ.li.’əz/); (8 December 1861 — 21 January 1938), full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès, a prolific innovator in the use of special effects, accidentally discovered the substitution stop trick in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his work. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality through cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the first “Cinemagician”.[1] Two of his most well-known films are A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904). Both stories involve strange, surreal voyages, somewhat in the style of Jules Verne, and are considered among the most important early science fiction films, though their approach is closer to fantasy. Méliès was also an early pioneer of horror cinema, which can be traced back to his Le Manoir du diable (1896). He was also featured in the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” as well as its film adaptation Hugo.”

Enjoy!