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The Bewitched Inn (French: L'auberge ensorcelée) is an 1897 French short silent trick film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's Star Film Company
Star Film Company
and is numbered 122–123 in its catalogs.[1]


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Plot[edit] A traveler, complete with riding boots and a pith helmet, arrives in a small hotel room. When he puts his luggage on the bed, it disappears immediately. Further magical confusions follow: when he sets down his helmet, it jumps to the floor and moves of its own accord before disappearing in its turn; when the traveler tries to light a candle, it jumps across the room and explodes; when he takes off his coat, it flies through the wall; when he tries to sit down, his chair changes place. Finally managing to sit down, the traveler takes off his boots, which walk away; when the traveler moves to the night table, it too disappears. The traveler prepares for bed and takes off his trousers, which fly through the ceiling. When he jumps into bed, it too disappears and reappears. The perplexed and irritated traveler gives up and dashes out of the room. Themes[edit] The Bewitched Inn is the first known Méliès film to feature inanimate objects coming to life to tease their owners, a theme that would return time and again throughout his work.[2] The idea of a guest trying unsuccessfully to get to sleep in a hotel room, already popular for years on the variety stage, had been first used by Méliès in 1896, in his film A Terrible Night.[3] Méliès's 1903 film The Inn Where No Man Rests
The Inn Where No Man Rests
used a plot very similar to that of The Bewitched Inn, but expanded it considerably. The motif of a candle-laden traveler also returned in another 1903 Méliès film, The Apparition, or Mr. Jones' Comical Experience With a Ghost.[2] The hotel guest theme reappeared again with further sophistication in Méliès's 1906 film A Roadside Inn.[3] Production[edit] The Bewitched Inn was likely inspired by the Hanlon-Lees, a British troupe of acrobats popular in Europe in the 1880s. The Hanlon-Lees, describing themselves as "Entortilationists", specialized in spectacular high-energy comedy acts in which they cavorted and bounced manically across the stage, often leaping through hidden trapdoors in the set. In one routine, a guest in a candlelit inn was first tormented by his shoes coming to life, and then chased around the stage by demons. Other Méliès films bearing the mark of the Hanlon-Lees' inspiration include The Inn Where No Man Rests
The Inn Where No Man Rests
and The Diabolic Tenant.[4] Another inspiration for The Bewitched Inn probably came from a popular and influential 1839 féerie, Les Pilules du Diable, which included a scene in a haunted room.[5] The film was shot outdoors, in Méliès's garden in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis. The inanimate objects were animated using wires; other special effects were created using pyrotechnics and the editing technique known as the substitution splice,[2] which allowed the magical disappearances to occur.[5] Méliès himself played the traveler.[5] References[edit]

^ Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 338, ISBN 9782732437323  ^ a b c Essai de reconstitution du catalogue français de la Star-Film; suivi d'une analyse catalographique des films de Georges Méliès recensés en France, Bois d'Arcy: Service des archives du film du Centre national de la cinématographie, 1981, pp. 85–6, ISBN 2903053073, OCLC 10506429  ^ a b Frazer, John (1979), Artificially Arranged Scenes: The Films of Georges Méliès, Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., p. 59, ISBN 0-8161-8368-6  ^ Frazer 1979, pp. 4–5 ^ a b c Frazer 1979, p. 63

External links[edit]

The Bewitched Inn on IMDb

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Films 1896–1899

Actualities (1896–1900) Playing Cards (1896) Conjuring (1896) Watering the Flowers (1896) Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station
Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station
(1896) The Rag-Picker (1896) Post No Bills (1896) The Rescue on the River (1896) A Terrible Night
A Terrible Night
(1896) A Lightning Sketch (1896) Conjurer Making Ten Hats in Sixty Seconds (1896) A Serpentine Dance (1896) Miss de Vère (English Jig) (1896) The Vanishing Lady (1896) The Haunted Castle (1896) A Nightmare
A Nightmare
(1897) Comedian Paulus Singing
Comedian Paulus Singing
(1897) A Funny Mahometan (1897) An Hallucinated Alchemist (1897) The Haunted Castle (1897) On the Roofs
On the Roofs
(1897) Reconstructed newsreels (1897–1902) The Last Cartridges
The Last Cartridges
(1897) The Surrender of Tournavos
The Surrender of Tournavos
(1897) Sea Fighting in Greece
Sea Fighting in Greece
(1897) Gugusse and the Automaton (1897) Between Calais and Dover (1897) The Laboratory of Mephistopheles (1897) The Bewitched Inn (1897) After the Ball (1897) Divers at Work on the Wreck of the "Maine"
Divers at Work on the Wreck of the "Maine"
(1898) The Magician (1898) The Famous Box Trick
The Famous Box Trick
(1898) Pygmalion and Galatea (1898) Adventures of William Tell
Adventures of William Tell
(1898) The Astronomer's Dream
The Astronomer's Dream
(1898) The Cave of the Demons (1898) The Four Troublesome Heads
The Four Troublesome Heads
(1898) The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1898) Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb (1899) The Devil in a Convent
The Devil in a Convent
(1899) The Pillar of Fire
The Pillar of Fire
(1899) The Clown and Automobile
The Clown and Automobile
(1899) A Mysterious Portrait (1899) Christ Walking on the Water (1899) The Dreyfus Affair (1899) Cinderella (1899) The Mysterious Knight
The Mysterious Knight

Films 1900–1905

Addition and Subtraction (1900) The Cook's Revenge (1900) The Misfortunes of an Explorer
The Misfortunes of an Explorer
(1900) Paris Exposition, 1900 (1900) The One-Man Band
The One-Man Band
(1900) Joan of Arc (1900) The Rajah's Dream
The Rajah's Dream
(1900) The Two Blind Men (1900) Thanking the Audience (1900) The Christmas Dream
The Christmas Dream
(1900) Fat and Lean Wrestling Match (1900) A Fantastical Meal
A Fantastical Meal
(1900) Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900) The Doctor and the Monkey
The Doctor and the Monkey
(1900) China Versus Allied Powers (1900) The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1900–01) Red Riding Hood (1900–01) The Magician's Cavern (1901) Excelsior! (1901) The Sacred Fountain (1901) Bluebeard (1901) The Man with the Rubber Head
The Man with the Rubber Head
(1901) The Eruption of Mount Pelee
The Eruption of Mount Pelee
(1902) The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"
The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"
(1902) A Trip to the Moon
A Trip to the Moon
(1902) The Shadow-Girl (1902) The Coronation of Edward VII
The Coronation of Edward VII
(1902) The Treasures of Satan (1902) Gulliver's Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants (1902) Robinson Crusoe (1902) The Enchanted Well
The Enchanted Well
(1903) The Inn Where No Man Rests
The Inn Where No Man Rests
(1903) The Oracle of Delphi (1903) A Spiritualistic Photographer (1903) The Melomaniac
The Melomaniac
(1903) The Monster (1903) The Kingdom of the Fairies
The Kingdom of the Fairies
(1903) The Infernal Cauldron
The Infernal Cauldron
(1903) The Damnation of Faust (1903) A Wager Between Two Magicians, or Jealous of Myself (1904) Faust and Marguerite (1904) The Barber of Seville (1904) The Wonderful Rose-Tree
The Wonderful Rose-Tree
(1904) The Impossible Voyage
The Impossible Voyage
(1904) The Christmas Angel
The Christmas Angel
(1904) The Living Playing Cards (1905) The Palace of the Arabian Nights
The Palace of the Arabian Nights
(1905) An Adventurous Automobile Trip
An Adventurous Automobile Trip
(1905) Rip's Dream (1905) The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship
The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship

Films 1906–1912

A Mix-up in the Gallery (1906) The Chimney Sweep (1906) A Desperate Crime
A Desperate Crime
(1906) The Merry Frolics of Satan (1906) The Mysterious Retort (1906) Robert Macaire and Bertrand (1906) Under the Seas
Under the Seas
(1907) How Bridget's Lover Escaped (1907) Tunnelling the English Channel (1907) The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907) Hamlet (1907) Shakespeare Writing "Julius Caesar"
Shakespeare Writing "Julius Caesar"
(1907) Satan in Prison
Satan in Prison
(1907) Humanity Through the Ages (1908) Why That Actor Was Late (1908) Long Distance Wireless Photography
Long Distance Wireless Photography
(1908) A Fake Diamond Swindler (1908) The Miser (1908) A Love Tragedy in Spain
A Love Tragedy in Spain
(1908) Mishaps of the New York–Paris Race
Mishaps of the New York–Paris Race
(1908) The Woes of Roller Skaters (1908) French Cops Learning English (1908) Fun With the Bridal Party (1908) Buncoed Stage Johnnie (1908) Honeymoon in a Balloon
Honeymoon in a Balloon
(1908) Fortune Favors the Brave (1908) Seein' Things (1908) The Diabolic Tenant (1909) Whimsical Illusions (1909) The Spider and the Butterfly (1909) Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911) Cinderella or the Glass Slipper (1912) The Conquest of the Pole
The Conquest of the Pole
(1912) The Knight of the Snows (1912) The Voyage of the Bourrichon Family (1912)


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