Georges Melies: Le Diable Noir


For today I’d like to offer another Georges Méliès film, 1905’s Le Diable Noir. Le Diable was probably Méliès’s favorite character, since, toss in the sort of impish devil that his films featured and you have a perfectly sound reason to spend the whole film making stop-motion tricks follow one another. Here, a tenant — I believe it’s Georges Méliès himself — attempts to get to bed and it goes about as well as you might expect. I enjoy this sort of playful demon who’ll do less about inflicting eternal torment and more who’ll make excessively many chairs appear in the room.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

2 thoughts on “Georges Melies: Le Diable Noir”

    1. Yeah, it’s very prankish, and that’s the kind of devil that turns up a lot in Méliès films. It also seems like a plot-generating personality type that’s fallen out of fashion lately, the imp that isn’t particularly mean spirited or anything, just, thinks it’s fun making mischief. I suppose those imps have all gone into hiding car keys and interrupting e-mail service.

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