Movie 4min

The Black Imp (1905)

Original title: Le diable noir
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.
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Facts
Director Georges Méliès
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Le diable noir
(Alternative) The Black Devil
(Alternative) El diablo negro
(Country Spesific) El diablo en el convento
Production
Distribution
(DVD, USA, 2002) Kino Video
Categories
Black and White Comedy Fantasy Horror Short Silent Film The Devil Trick Film
Descriptions

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.

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Cast
Georges Méliès - The Devil and the Client at the Motel
Crew
Georges Méliès - Producer
Georges Méliès - Director
Reviews
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Perfected trick, but thats about it

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.