Two lovers are blinded by the sacred fire when they intrude upon the Genii's lair. They get their vision restored later after an old man takes pity on them and heals their eyes.
The Genii Of Fire (1908)
Original title: Le Génie du feu
(Original) Le Génie du feu
(USA, 1908) Georges Méliès
CategoriesBlack and White Blindness Drama Fakir Fantasy Healing Hindu Priest Hinduism Person on Fire Prayer Punishment Romance Short Silent Film Temple Temptation Warning DramaFantasyRomanceShortBlack and White, Blindness, Fakir, Healing, Hindu Priest, Hinduism, Person on Fire, Prayer, Punishment, Silent Film, Temple, Temptation, Warning
The Sacred Books of Hindustan state: "He who tries to look at the Sacred fire shall be struck blind."
Two young lovers approach the temple where Hindu priests jealously guard the Sacred Fire from all profane eyes. In spite of the exhortations of a dervish, the young woman so persists in her desire to gaze upon the Fire forbidden of profane mortals to look at, that the two penetrate into the hall where it is reverently concealed. Surprised by the priests of the temple, the two curious ones are immediately blinded. With great difficulty they grope about the halls for the doorway. As they emerge, the dervish takes pity upon their misfortune; and with a promise that they would never again strive to look at that upon which they are forbidden, they receive their sight. Beautiful settings; splendid subject.
Source: Star-Film Catalog
I was rather amused by this film - even though the plot is not very thick. The fakir trying to explain to the lovers, you can almost see the fear in his eyes. The temptation and the hesitation are very well depicted. When they are blinded, the cast moves closer and closer to the camera, and that has quite an effect. Also, the pyro effects of this film are something! Even if the "hindu" topic here is taken out of the idea and a stereotype of that time, the movie itself is fun.