Wednesday, July 10, 2013
George Melies' Cinderella
Silent film version of "Cinderella" from 1912. To put that in context, that's exactly 100 years after the Grimms published their first edition of "Children and Household Tales", and almost exactly a century ago from now. The special effects seem so obvious to us now but were groundbreaking at the time.
From Wikipedia: "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"."
Clearly he used the stop trick often in this film-Perrault's Cinderella gave him lots of opportunities to astound his audiences.
I personally think the clock sequence, starting around 16:00, is the most interesting part