Movie 3min

The Treasures of Satan (1902)

Original title: Les Trésors de Satan
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Facts
Director Georges Méliès
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Les Trésors de Satan
(Country Spesific) The Devil's Money Bags
(Alternative) Mephistopheles' School of Magic
Production
Distribution
(France, 1902) Star-Film
Categories
Black and White Comedy Demons Fantasy Horror Money Short Silent Film The Devil Theft Trick Film
Description

The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau, puts the seven bags in a strong box, and makes with his hands some cabalistic motions. The miser comes into the hall and is greatly astonished to find his fortune missing. He opens the coffer and immediately the bags leap out. He gathers them up and puts them back into the coffer. When he opens it again he finds that they have been transformed into seven young girls, who rush out and chase after him, beating him unmercifully. They shut him up in the coffer from which his gold has vanished. The miser pushes open the lid of the coffer, and to his profound despair finds that both young girls and money have disappeared. (This view is most sensational in its mysterious scenes.)

Source: Star Film Catalog

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Cast
Georges Méliès - The Blonde Miser/Thief
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Not the best Melies

We are in 1902, and Melies has a lot more interesting going on than this, but he still returns to these one-scene comedic films with Satan as the main character. A lot of back and forth it seems, as a man wants to take the treasures from Satan and gets caught by doing so. For me, this is just a mess, but for the early tricks, this may have been a fun short film to go see. The jumping of the sacks is the best part for me.