A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.
The Black Imp (1905)
Original title: Le diable noir
(Original) Le diable noir
(Alternative) The Black Devil
(Alternative) El diablo negro
(Country Spesific) El diablo en el convento
(USA) Blackhawk Films
(DVD, USA, 2002) Kino Video
The Black Imp is a short film made by Méliès in 1905. The story is about a traveler, who is harassed in his room by a mischievous devil while staying at an inn.
An imp cavorts in the empty bedroom of an inn. It hides in the bureau as the innkeeper and his family escort an important guest into the room. As the guest places his coat in the bureau, the imp pops out and begins to chase the man around the room.
|Georges Méliès||-||The Devil and the Client at the Motel|
Melies show in this film that he has perfected the jump-cut effect, but other than that it is the same as the most other bewitched inn films that predated this. They all do the same, except here, at least, the perpetrator is known. Here it is evil at work, the devil or just a demon, or imp as the title says, it does not change much of idea. Maybe this adds to the comedic effect as the devil wants his sleep, but that's all. It is simple fun.