Title: The Untamable Whiskers

Also known as:
The King of the Mackerel Fishers (UK)
Le Roi du maquillage

Year: 1904

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy

Language: None

Runtime: 3 min / 2 min (VHS version)

Director: Georges Méliès

Writer: N/A

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135631/

A man with a chalk board stands in front of a picture of the river Seine in Paris, and draws faces. After each face the man's appearence transforms into the person on the board.

Our thoughts:
This is the first and, as far as I know, the only film by Georges Méliès that I have seen, so I have alot to learn about this man, seeing how he directed 552 films in his 17 director years, according to IMDb. The effect used to transform the "man with whiskers" (played by Georges Méliès himself) is just what we call "Morphing" these days, but this was 1904, a time where I am pretty sure that this technique was anything but normal or boring. The effect in the film is very smooth and works very well, it fits and it's sort of cool to watch even today.

"The Untamable Whiskers" is a very amusing magic act and it's not a dark film in any way, but I can't help but think of it as a freaky and bizarre film. I can imagine giving a little kid some scary nightmares with help from this film, 'cause some of the faces are just scary looking. I have heard that this isn't as strange as Méliès' other films, which makes me kind of interested in seeing what the man has made.

Georges Méliès plays the role beautifully, and you can tell he is having a darn good time. But why wouldn't he? I bet that after people saw this film, they were laying sleepless all night trying to figure out how the hell is was doing it.

There isn't that much for me to say about a short film like this, that is really short with no plot, and made by someone I don't know much about. Like I always say with short films I like; watch it, you have the time. Don't just watch it for the short run time though, because it's very interesting and charming too.

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Positive things:
- Magic!
- The bearded old man-face.
- Amusing, yet freaky.
Negative things:
- I really can't think of any.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 0/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 3.5/5

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