Le Rêve de l'horloger



Le Rêve de l'horloger

El Sueño de un relojero

MEL 1904-A

The Clockmaker's Dream

A Clockmaker is seen in his workshop puzzling over a very difficult piece of clockwork. Weary from trying to perfect it, he places it upon a table, seats himself in the chair and yawns and dozes off to sleep. There appears on the table back of him a pretty girl who looks at him as she steps down, and from behind her step two other girls. They are seen to fade away, and before the eye can observe the change they are standing one at catch side, the other on the table in the centre. He gets up in surprise, while the three girls group themselves; the central one mounts a globe with a swinging pendulum. With changed costumes the grouping now represents a very beautiful time piece. The clockmaker has been intently watching them, and is dazed at the transformation. He walks around them and climbs upon a table, so that he may be able to admire them better, when to his surprise the interior of his shop fades away into a beautiful garden in the King’s Palace. The two side figures step away and the globe disappears, leaving the central figure in a graceful pose. He is enraptured with her beauty, and getting upon the pedestal he puts his arms around her, only to find that he is hugging and old grandfather’s clock. Jumping down, he finds to his dismay that the other two have changed to clocks also. Sitting down in a chair he gives up the idea of trying to solve these weird happenings. The picture fades back into the interior of his shop; he is seen just awakening, rubs his eyes and goes first to one and then to the other clocks, finally coming to the conclusion that it was all a dream. He almost bursts his sides with laughter. Very artistic as well as mysterious.

MEL 1905-A


1 Méliès 554-555  
2 Georges Méliès  
3 1904 50 m/170 ft
4 FranceMontreuil  


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