Movie 3min

The Devil's Laboratory (1897)

Original title: Le cabinet de Méphistophélès
Not rated.

Facts
Director Georges Méliès
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Le cabinet de Méphistophélès
(Alternative) The Cabinet of Mephistopheles
(Alternative) Faust's Laboratory
(Alternative) The Laboratory of Faust
Production
Distribution
Categories
Based on Play Black and White Fantasy Ghost Gothic Short Silent Film The Devil Trick Film
Descriptions

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 picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear shortly as a ghost, whose head comes off and floats around the room. Suddenly the table gets up of itself, and flies up the chimney. All sorts of wonderful things happen. A cannon takes the place occupied by the table, and belches forth flame and smoke. A large cage appears mysteriously in the center of the room, through the bars of which the Devil passes as if it were an open door. By his magic, he makes the cavalier pass through the bars in the same wonderful fashion. Everything is so weird and fantastic, that such a small trifle as a man turning into a donkey excites but passing notice.

Source: Edison Catalog

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Cast
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