Mephistopheles is the demon who appears in the Faust legend, but this film is only loosely based on it, sometimes considered a Faustian film other times not. Here Mephistoles disguises himself as an old man and waits on customers in his laboratory. As the customers prepare to leave, however, Mephistopheles mystifies them with various magical pranks and cavorts under several animal disguises, taunting them with a beautiful vanishing lady and trapping them briefly in a cage. One of the customers, noticing a sword on the wall, manages to cut Mephistopheles's head off, but it remains alive and eventually reattaches itself to its body. Finally, to the great relief of the customers, Mephistopheles himself ends up trapped in his own cage.
The Devil's Laboratory (1897)
(Original) Le cabinet de Méphistophélès
(Alternative) The Cabinet of Mephistopheles
(Alternative) Faust's Laboratory
(Alternative) The Laboratory of Faust