[Un miracle sous l'Inquisition]



[Un miracle sous l'inquisition]

Un milagro bajo la inquisición

MEL 1904-A

A MIracle under the Inquisition

This shows the interior of an execution vault. The executioner is seen dragging by a rope his victim, a beautiful woman. Two monks enter to assist him; he commands them to do her fast to the pillory and bind her with oil-soaked cloth. She is on her knees and begs and prays that she be spared; but he turns a deaf ear to her pleading and shows her the sentence papers, which exact death as the penalty. After she is securely bound he seizes a torch and applies the flames to her. She is at once enveloped in a sheet of fire, and is soon consumed by the flames. Commanding the monks to go, the executioner looks with satisfaction on the ashes of his victim and rubs his hands in glee. Tired of his gruesome labors, he sits down in the chair and falls off to sleep, when there appears on the stairs an angel who steps down and tells him he will be punished for killing this innocent woman. He fades into space; the woman gradually appears in his place and he is seen tied fast to the pillory. Flames envelop him, and the monks, hearing his cries of agony, rush in, only to flee out again in terror. This is a most exciting subject, full of action and surprises.

MEL 1905-A


1 Méliès 558-559  
2 Georges Méliès  
3 1904 45m/147ft
4 France