The Black Imp (film #7 on The Movies Begin, Volume Four: The Magic of Melies (Kino Video, 1994)). [Category: Early Film & TV]

Back in the bad old days before hotel sanitation laws, you could never be sure that the room you just checked into wasn't infested by a black imp who could and would make objects appear and disappear at will for its own amusement. Needless to say, a good night's sleep is well nigh impossible under such circumstances. Georges Melies has a grand old time playing around with stop motion. The restored print of this film is absolutely stunning. A 1905 Melies film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****.

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