Georges Méliès (1861–1938)

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Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and ... See full bio »


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 1996 Méliès, los Orígenes (Video documentary) (segments "Le voyage dans la lune", "Le thaumaturge chinois", "Le roi du maquillage", "L'éclipse du soleil en pleine lune", "Hydrothérapie fantastique")
 1912 The Conquest of the Pole (Short)
 1912 The Knight of the Snow (Short)
 1910 Apparitions fantomatiques (Short) (uncredited)
 1910 Galatée (Short)
 1910 Le conte du vieux talute (Short)
 1910 Les sept barres d'or (Short)
 1910 Le vitrail diabolique (Short)
 1910 Si j'étais le roi (Short)
 1910 The Doctor's Secret (Short)
 1910 Un homme comme il faut (Short)
 1910 Whimsical Illusions (Short)
 1909 Le papillon fantastique (Short)
 1909 The Marvelous Hind Leg (Short)
 1909 The Queen's Musketeer (Short)
 1909 Fortune Favors the Brave (Short)
 1909 Seein' Things (Short)
 1909 The Count's Wooing (Short)
 1909 The Hypnotist's Revenge (Short)
 1909 The Devilish Tenant (Short)
 1908 French Interpreter Policeman (Documentary short)
 1908 Humanity Through the Ages (Short)
 1908 L'agent gelé (Short)
 1908 Moitié de polka (Short)
 1908 No Trifling with Love (Short)
 1908 Oriental Black Art (Short)
 1908 The Broken Violin (Short)
 1908 The Enchanted Lake (Short)
 1908 The Forester's Remedy (Short)
 1908 The Living Doll (Short)
 1908 The Miser (Short)
 1908 The Spirit of the Bells (Short)
 1908 The Wide-Awake Dreamer (Short)
 1908 Why That Actor Was Late (Short)
 1908 The Marvelous Fountain (Short)
 1908 A Love Tragedy in Spain (Short)
 1908 The Helping Hand (Short)
 1908 The Duke's Good Joke (Short)
 1908 Honeymoon in a Balloon (Short)
 1908 Grandmother's Story (Short)
 1908 At the Hotel Mix-Up (Short)
 1908 Two Talented Vagabonds (Short)
 1908 Fun with the Bridal Party (Short)
 1908 Pour l'étoile S.V.P. (Short)
 1908 Not Guilty (Short)
 1908 His First Job (Short)
 1908 Magic of Catchy Songs (Short)
 1908 Mystery of the Garrison (Short)
 1908 The Indian Sorcerer (Short)
 1908 Two Crazy Bugs (Short)
 1908 Curiosity Punished (Short)
 1908 Hunting Teddy Bears (Short)
 1908 Pranks with a Fake Python (Short)
 1908 The Little Peace-Maker (Short)
 1908 A Fake Diamond Swindler (Short)
 1908 A Lover's Hazing (Short)
 1908 A Mistaken Identity (Short)
 1908 In the Barber Shop (Short)
 1908 The Genii of Fire (Short)
 1908 Knight of Black Art (Short)
 1907 An Angelic Servant (Short)
 1907 A New Death Penalty (Short)
 1907 Bakers in Trouble (Short)
 1907 Delirium in a Studio (Short)
 1907 Drink (Short)
 1907 Good Glue Sticks (Short)
 1907 In the Bogie Man's Cave (Short)
 1907 Justinian's Human Torches (Short)
 1907 Le Magicien (Short)
 1907 Rogues' Tricks (Short)
 1907 The Bewildering Cabinet (Short)
 1907 The King and the Jester (Short)
 1907 The Prophetess of Thebes (Short)
 1907 The Skipping Cheese (Short)
 1907 A Forester Made King (Short)
 1907 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Short)
 1907 Satan in Prison (Short)
 1907 Seek and Thou Shalt Find (Short)
 1907 The Story of Eggs (Short)
 1907 A Mischievous Sketch (Short)
 1906 A Desperate Crime (Short)
 1906 A Fall from Five Floors (Short)
 1906 A Seaside Flirtation (Short)
 1906 A Spiritualistic Meeting (Short)
 1906 Punch and Judy (Short)
 1906 Soap Bubbles (Short)
 1906 The Chimney Sweep (Short)
 1906 The Hilarious Posters (Short)
 1906 The Luny Musician (Short)
 1906 The Mysterious Retort (Short)
 1906 The Roadside Inn (Short)
 1906 The Witch (Short)
 1906 A Crazy Composer (Short)
 1906/I Who Looks, Pays (Short)
 1905 A Mesmerian Experiment (Short)
 1905 Life Saving Up-to-date (Short)
 1905 The Angler's Nightmare (Short)
 1905 The Black Imp (Short)
 1905 The Chloroform Fiends (Short)
 1905 The Collapsible Knight (Short)
 1905 The Crystal Casket (Short)
 1905 The Enchanted Sedan Chair (Short)
 1905 The Lilliputian Minuet (Short)
 1905 The Living Playing Cards (Short)
 1905 The Tower of London (Short)
 1905 Unexpected Fireworks (Short)
 1904 The Animated Costumes (Short)
 1904 The Astonishing Frame (Short)
 1904 The Barber of Seville (Short)
 1904 The Christmas Angel (Short)
 1904 The Cook in Trouble (Short)
 1904 The Devilish Plank (Short)
 1904 The Firefall (Short)
 1904 The Grotto of Surprises (Short)
 1904 The Impossible Dinner (Short)
 1904 The Mermaid (Short)
 1904 The Shadow Lady (Short)
 1904 The Wandering Jew (Short)
 1904 The Wonderful Rose Tree (Short)
 1904 Uncle Rube's Birthday (Short)
 1904 The Wonderful Living Fan (Short)
 1904 The Fake Russian Prophet (Short)
 1904 Faust and Marguerite (Short)
 1904 The Clock Maker's Dream (Short)
 1904 The Enchanted Trunk (Short)
 1904 The Fugitive Apparitions (Short)
 1904 The Untamable Whiskers (Short)
 1904 The Invisible Siva (Short)
 1904 Tit for Tat (Short)
 1904 Decapitation in Turkey (Short)
 1903 Egyptian Fantasy (Short)
 1903 Extraordinary Adventures (Short)
 1903 Extraordinary Illusions (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Magic Lantern (Short)
 1903 The Seven Capital Sins (Short)
 1903 Jack and Jim (Short)
 1903 The Damnation of Faust (Short)
 1903 The Ballet Master's Dream (Short)
 1903 Jack Jaggs and Dum Dum (Short)
 1903 Jupiter's Thunderballs (Short)
 1903 The Apparition (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Infernal Cauldron (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Kingdom of the Fairies (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Monster (Short)
 1903 The Music Lover (Short)
 1903 The Oracle of Delphi (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 Revenge Is Sweet (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Drawing Lesson (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Mystical Flame (Short)
 1903 The Enchanted Well (Short)
 1903 Beelzebub's Daughters (Short)
 1903 La guirlande merveilleuse (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 Misfortune Never Comes Alone (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Cake-Walk Infernal (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Enchanted Basket (Short)
 1903 The Enchanted Box (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Queen's Musketeers (Short)
 1903 Drunkard and Inventor (Short)
 1903 Prolific Magic Egg (Short)
 1903 The Artist's Dream (Short)
 1902 An Impossible Balancing Feat (Short) (uncredited)
 1902 Gulliver's Travels (Short) (uncredited)
 1902 Marvelous Suspension (Short)
 1902 Robinson Crusoe (Short)
 1902 Sure Cure for Indigestion (Short)
 1902 The Colonel's Shower Bath (Short) (uncredited)
 1902 The Dancing Midget (Short)
 1902 The Devil's Money Bags (Short)
 1902 The Elastic Batallion (Short)
 1902 The Human Fly (Short)
 1902 The Magician and the Imp (Short) (uncredited)
 1902 A Trip to the Moon (Short) (uncredited)
 1902 The Triple Headed Lady (Short)
 1901 A Good Trick (Short)
 1901 A Maiden's Paradise (Short)
 1901 Bewitched Dungeon (Short)
 1901 Conjurer and 100 Tricks (Short)
 1901 Fun in Court (Short)
 1901 Hat of Many Surprises (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 Painless Dentistry (Short)
 1901 The Bachelor's Paradise (Short)
 1901 The Balloonist's Mishap (Short)
 1901 The Brahmin and the Butterfly (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Christmas Dream (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Clown vs. Satan (Short)
 1901 The Clown with the Portable Body (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Dragon Fly (Short)
 1901 The Dwarf and the Giant (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Gigantic Devil (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The House of Mystery (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Man with the Rubber Head (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 The Sacred Fountain (Short)
 1901 Troubles in a Tenement House (Short) (uncredited)
 1901 Twentieth Century Surgery (Short)
 1901 Little Red Riding Hood (Short)
 1901 Bluebeard (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 Addition and Subtraction (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 A Fantastical Meal (Short)
 1900 Artist and the Dummy (Short)
 1900 Crying and Laughing (Short)
 1900 Don't Move (Short)
 1900 Going to Bed with Difficulties (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 How He Missed His Train (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 La rue des nations (Short)
 1900 Palais étrangers (Short)
 1900 Panorama circulaire (Documentary short)
 1900 Panorama of River Seine (Documentary short)
 1900 Paris Exposition 1900 (Documentary short)
 1900 Thanking the Audience (Short)
 1900 The Cook's Revenge (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 The Dainaid's Barrel (Short)
 1900 The Dangerous Lunatic (Short)
 1900 The Doctor and the Monkey (Short)
 1900 The Magic Book (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 The Miracles of Brahmin (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 The Miser (Short)
 1900 The Monumental Gate (Short)
 1900 The One-Man Band (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 The Three Bacchantes (Short)
 1900 The Tricky Prisoner (Short)
 1900 The Triple Conjurer and the Living Head (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 The Two Blind Men (Short)
 1900 Up-to-Date Spiritualism (Short) (uncredited)
 1900 Vieux Paris (Short)
 1900 Vue panoramique pris du train électrique (Documentary short)
 1900 Joan of Arc (Short)
 1900 The Unexpected Bath (Short)
 1899 A Charming Wedding Trip (Short)
 1899 A LIvely Cock Fight (Short documentary)
 1899 A Midnight Episode (Short)
 1899 A Mysterious Portrait (Short)
 1899 A Political Duel (Short)
 1899 A Turn of the Century Illusionist (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Bird's-Eye View of St. Helier (Jersey) (Documentary short)
 1899 Cagliostro's Mirror (Short)
 1899 Christ Walking on Water (Short)
 1899 Cleopatra's Tomb (Short)
 1899 Dreyfus Court Martial - Arrest of Dreyfus (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Dreyfus Leaving the Lycée for Jail (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Dreyfus Meets His Wife at Rennes (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Dreyfus Put in Irons (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Funérailles de Félix Faure (Documentary short)
 1899 Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Landing of Dreyfus at Quiberon (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Le chevalier mystère (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Lightning Change Artist (Short)
 1899 Miser's Dream (Short)
 1899 Murder Will Out (Short)
 1899 Neptune and Amphitrite (Short)
 1899 Passengers Disembarking at Granville (Documentary short)
 1899 Pick-pocket et policeman (Short)
 1899 Spanish Inquisition (Short)
 1899 Steamer Entering the Harbour of Jersey (Documentary short)
 1899 Suicide of Colonel Henry (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 Summoning the Spirits (Short)
 1899 The Attempt Against the Life of Maitre Labori (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 The Bridegroom's Dilemma (Short)
 1899 The Court Martial at Rennes (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 The Human Pyramid (Short)
 1899 The Railroad Pickpocket (Short)
 1899 The Sentry's Stratagem (Short)
 1899 The Sign of the Cross (Short) (uncredited)
 1899 The Slippery Burglar (Short)
 1899 The Snow Man (Short)
 1899 L'affaire Dreyfus (Short)
 1899 Cinderella (Short) (uncredited)
 1898 A Clumsy Mason (Short)
 1898 Adventures of William Tell (Short) (uncredited)
 1898 A Novice at X-rays (Short)
 1898 A Soldier's Tedious Duty (Short)
 1898 Attention à la peinture (Short)
 1898 Black Art (Short)
 1898 Damnation of Faust (Short)
 1898 Fantastical Illusions (Short)
 1898 Four Heads Are Better Than One (Short) (uncredited)
 1898 Fresh Paint (Short)
 1898 Le cuirassé Maine (Short)
 1898 Le déjeuner impossible (Short)
 1898 Le grotte du diable (Short)
 1898 Panorama from Top of a Moving Train (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1898 Place de l'Opéra, 3rd View (Documentary short)
 1898 Pygmalion and Galatea (Short)
 1898 Shooting the Chutes (Short)
 1898 Sortie sans permission (Short)
 1898/I The Artist's Dream (Short)
 1898 The Beggar's Dream (Short)
 1898 The Cave of the Demons (Short)
 1898 The Famous Box Trick (Short) (uncredited)
 1898 The Magician (Short) (uncredited)
 1898 The Painter's Studio (Short)
 1898 The Temptation of St. Anthony (Short) (uncredited)
 1898 The Triple Lady (Short)
 1897 A Dangerous Pass (Mont Blanc) (Documentary short)
 1897 A Drunkard's Dream (Short)
 1897 After the Ball, the Bath (Short) (uncredited)
 1897 A Funny Mahometan (Short)
 1897 An Imaginary Patient (Short)
 1897 An Irritable Model (Short)
 1897 A Pottery Maker (Documentary short)
 1897 A Private Dinner (Short)
 1897 Auguste et Bibb (Short)
 1897 Battle with Confetti (Short)
 1897 Behind the Scenes (Short)
 1897 Between Calais and Dover (Short) (uncredited)
 1897 Dancing in a Harem (Short)
 1897 Épisodes de guerre (Short)
 1897 Exécution d'un espion (Short)
 1897 Faust et Marguerite (Short)
 1897 Figaro et l'auvergnat (Short)
 1897 Firemen on Parade (Documentary short)
 1897 Guerre aux Indes (Short)
 1897 Gugusse and the Automaton (Short)
 1897 L'ascension d'un ballon (Short)
 1897 La guerre en Grèce (Short)
 1897 Massacres en Crète (Short)
 1897 Mid-Lent Procession in Paris (Documentary short)
 1897 Military Apprentices (Short)
 1897 Naval Combat in Greece (Short)
 1897 Sur les toits (Short)
 1897 The Bewitched Inn (Short) (uncredited)
 1897 The Devil's Castle (Short) (uncredited)
 1897 The Devil's Laboratory (Short)
 1897 The Hypnotist at Work (Short)
 1897 The Last Cartridges (Short)
 1897 Une cour de ferme (Short)
 1897 Vente d'esclaves au harem (Short)
 1897 The Vanishing Lady (Short)
 1896 A Badly Managed Hotel (Short)
 1896 Academy for Young Ladies (Short)
 1896 A Merry-Go-Round (Short)
 1896 A Nightmare (Short)
 1896 An Up-to-Date Dentist (Short)
 1896 Arrival of a Train (Joinville Station) (Documentary short)
 1896 Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes (Documentary short)
 1896 A Terrible Night (Short)
 1896 Barque sortant du port de Trouville (Documentary short)
 1896 Bateau-mouche sur la Seine (Documentary short)
 1896 Batteuse à vapeur (Documentary short)
 1896 Beach and Pier at Trouville, 1st part (Documentary short)
 1896 Beach and Pier at Trouville, 2nd part (Documentary short)
 1896 Bébé et fillettes (Documentary short)
 1896 Bois de Boulogne (Documentary short)
 1896 Bois de Boulogne (Touring-club) (Documentary short)
 1896 Boulevard des Italiens (Documentary short)
 1896 Breaking Up of the Territorial Army (Documentary short)
 1896 Card Party (Short) (uncredited)
 1896 Children Playing on the Beach (Documentary short)
 1896 Closing Hours at Vibert's Perfume Factory (Documentary short)
 1896 Conjuring (Short)
 1896/II Défense d'afficher (Short)
 1896 Dessinateur: Chamberlain (Short)
 1896 Dessinateur: Von Bismark (Short)
 1896 Dessinateur express (Short)
 1896 French Officers' Meeting (Documentary short)
 1896 French Regiment Going to the Parade (Documentary short)
 1896 Gardener Burning Weeds (Short)
 1896 La gare Saint-Lazare (Documentary short)
 1896 La voiture du potier (Short)
 1896 Le bivouac (Short)
 1896 Le chiffonnier (Short)
 1896 Le fakir, mystère indien (Short)
 1896 Les blanchisseuses (Short)
 1896 Manoeuvres of the French Army (Documentary short)
 1896 Market Day (Documentary short)
 1896 Miss de Vere (Short)
 1896 Naval Review at Cherburg (Documentary short)
 1896 Panorama of Havre Taken from a Boat (Documentary short)
 1896 Place de l'Opéra, First View (Documentary short)
 1896 Place de l'Opéra, Second View (Documentary short)
 1896 Place de la Bastille (Documentary short)
 1896 Place de la Concorde (Documentary short)
 1896 Place du théâtre français (Documentary short)
 1896 Place Saint-Augustin (Documentary short)
 1896/I Post No Bills (Short)
 1896 Retour au cantonnement (Short)
 1896 Sac au dos (Short)
 1896 Sea Bathing (Short)
 1896 Sea Breaking on the Rocks (Documentary short)
 1896 Smarter than the Teacher (Short)
 1896 The Bohemian Encampment (Documentary short)
 1896 The Czar's Cortege in the Bois de Boulogne (Documentary short)
 1896 The Docks at Marseilles (Documentary short)
 1896 The Drunkards (Short)
 1896 The Mysterious Paper (Short)
 1896 The Peeping Toms (Short)
 1896 The Pier at Treport During a Storm (Documentary short)
 1896 The Rag Picker (Short)
 1896 Tide Rising Over the Breakwater (Documentary short)
 1896 Tom Old Boot (Short)
 1896 Towing a Boat on the River (Documentary short)
 1896 Une altercation au café (Short)
 1896 Unloading the Boat (Documentary short)
 1896 Un petit diable (Short)
 1896 Watering the Flowers (Short)
 1896 The House of the Devil (Short)
 1896 Danse serpentine (Short)
 1896 Rescue on the River, Pt. 1 (Documentary short)
 1896 Rescue on the River, Pt. 2 (Documentary short)
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