A cook mistakenly throws his kitchen boy into a huge pot while preparing a stew. Distraught, he attempts to make up for his mistake. Alas, Mephisto decides to get involved.
Devil's Pot (1903)
Original title: La marmite diabolique
(Original) La marmite diabolique
(Country Spesific) The Diabolical Saucepan
(Alternative) The Diabolic Boiler
(Country Spesific) La marmitta diabolica
(1904) Edison Manufacturing Company
(1905) Kleine Optical Company
CategoriesBlack and White Children Comedy Fantasy Food Morbid Short Silent Film The Devil Trick Film ChildrenComedyFantasyShortBlack and White, Food, Morbid, Silent Film, The Devil, Trick Film
A cook prepares an enormous pot in which he intends to make the pot au feu; he lights the fire, puts the water in the pot, then the vegetables are passed to him by a little cook. In his preoccupation, the cook seizes the boy and throws it into the boiling pot; realizing his mistake, he removes the boy from the pot, which no longer has a head; Distraught, the cook takes a cabbage and places it on the kitchen's shoulders. When he returns to his pot, Mephisto suddenly appears outside the pot; the poor cook wants to flee, and to avoid Mephisto who is chasing him, he rushes into the wood basket. Meanwhile, Mephisto revives the little cook who runs away at full speed, then he returns to the cook whom he throws into the boiling pot.
Source: Lumiere Catalog, Translated
A film in the series of "Phantasmagoric views filmed by Gaston Velle" "where the editing is used for substitutions of objects or appearances of characters, a process already widely disseminated among others by Méliès." The probability is high that this was filmed in 1902 after February 8., but the earliest known release date of this series was on 18. January 1903 as the "New Phantasmagoric Views", so that date is used here although many other sources use 1902.
This short film is a bit morbid, but also humorous, although in its simplicity I found it a bit boring as well. A chef, the devil, and a boy dance around each other in the kitchen. Chef boils boy, devil rescue boy, chef afraid of the devil, devil boils chef, and then in the end devil make pot disappear.