Movie 10min

Satan at Play (1907)

Original title: Satan s’amuse
In an unnamed place, his majesty Satan is bored. Despite his servants exertions, nothing can be found to cheer him up.
Not rated.

Facts
Director Segundo de Chomón
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Satan s’amuse
(Country Spesific) Satán se divierte
Production
Distribution
Categories
Black and White Comedy Disguise Fantasy Hell Jealousy Lost Film Short Silent Film The Devil Trick Film
Descriptions

In a nameless place, His Majesty Satan is bored. Nothing cheers him up, despite the efforts of his courtiers when one of them has the idea of ​​proposing a visit to Earth. This proposal is accepted and after having selected the place he intends to visit, his Majesty takes place in a kind of magic elevator and disappears. In a street, a manhole opens and two sewer workers come out. They have barely finished putting the plate back on when it jumps and Mephistopheles appears with all his attributes: horns, tail, and cloven feet! One can imagine the astonishment and terror of the two sewer workers! Smiling at their bewilderment, the demon gestures and finds himself dressed as a city man. In this habit, he, therefore, begins to stir up trouble with both hands. A coachman with whom he quarreled is surprised to see a donkey instead of his horse, which earns him an altercation with a policeman, while Satan mystifies a waiter. He asks him for a siphon but as quickly as the waiter goes to take the siphon from a nearby table, he finds the Devil sitting on this table then also instantly returns to his place to the great terror of the unfortunate. Satan causes many other confusions: he mixes couples of lovers which causes disputes, disperses a marriage, kidnaps the bride. Pursued by the wedding party and about to be caught, a cage encloses Satan and his companion who descend towards the infernal regions but His Majesty is unpleasantly surprised to see that the young woman is none other than Madame Satan who had disguised herself by jealousy.

Source: Pathe Freres - Translated


The Devil is bored. He goes back to Earth with a magic elevator. He surprises two sewer workers, disguises himself as a city man, and spreads improbable events: quarrel with a coachman, altercation with a city sergeant, mystification of a barman, quiproquo with couples… He's trapped in a cage with a young woman, and goes down to hell. Surprise, the young woman is Madame Devil who was disguised by jealousy.

Source: Wikipedia - 09.02.2022


The film is often confused with "The Red Spectre"(Le spectre rouge), even at IMDb and therefore all YouTube and internet video attributions. No copies of the film are currently available for public viewing, and it is uncertain if any prints of this film exist at all.⁣

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