Under cover of a disguise, Satan approaches Saint-Anthony's hut and, via various tricks, sets out to try his faith. Will good triumph over evil?
Tentation de Saint-Antoine (1903)
Satan, who has approached the cabin inhabited by Saint-Antoine, in disguise, reveals two she-devils whom he instructs to tempt the saint. This one resists, he goes home and takes a cross to put the she-devils to flight. Satan then causes a demon to appear, which he sends into the hut with orders to demolish it, and he himself enters it to rob the pig that Saint-Antoine is raising. He rushes in pursuit of his faithful companion, but during this time his hut collapses. At this sight the saint kneels and begins to pray, an angel appears to him who first makes the demon disappear in a cloud of smoke, then on a sign that he makes with his hand, the hut rises all of a sudden Saint-Antoine enters and finds his pig, and he comes out again holding his companion and showing his joy by a comic dance.
Source: Lumier Catalog - Translated
This is part of a series of "the phantasmagorical views shot by Gaston Velle"(Les vues fantasmagoriques tournées par Gaston Velle) while working for Lumière.