[Une chute de cinq étages]



[Une chute de cinq étages]

A Mix-up in the Gallery

This extraordinary film is one of the most comical ever placed before the public and provokes rounds of laughter. A young bride, accompanied by her spouse, both still in their ceremonial garments-the bride in immaculate white and the groom donned in broadcloath-repair to a photograph to procure a lasting memorial of the wedding day. At the moment of their posture before the camera, the photographer’s assistant, mounted on a ladder, slips and falls together with the apparatus to the floor, with the unfortunate couple struggling beneath the avalanche. While extricating themselves from the debris the camera with its stand is thrown through the window and falls to the street. It is in this street scene where the laughter reaches its maximum. The apparatus strikes a passing pedestrian who succumbs under the blow, and his head goes through the frame of the camera. We see two legs of the tripod, which by their extraordinary movements menace the passerby. During the mirth-making scenes which follow it will suffice to cite the epic “the new toreador,” sustained by a policeman struggling with this strange monster which exercises such unexpected usage of its horns.

MEL 1905-A


1 Méliès 789-790  
2 Georges Méliès   
3 1906 55m/183ft
4 France  


14/04/1906 États-UnisNew York 
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