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V POLNOCH NA KLADBISCHE
(1909/Khanzhonkov) 492feet. BW. Silent.
Aka: AT MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Vasili Goncharov; Prod: Alexander Khanzhonkov; Ph: Louis Forestier.
A surreal ghost tale.

VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES (1945/Republic/McGowans) 56mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Philip Ford; A.Prod. & Sc: Dorrell McGowan & Stuart McGowan; Ph: Reggie Lanning; Ed: William P. Thompson; Art: Hilyard Brown; Sfx: Howard Lydecker & Theodore Lydecker; Mu: Bob Mark; Mus: Richard Cherwin. From a story by Royal K. Cole & Sherman L. Lowe.
Cast: Ian Keith, Thomas Jackson, Adrian Booth, Charles Trowbridge, Robert Livingston, Earle Hodgins, LeRoy Mason, William Haade, Wilton Graff.
Insane city undertaker Ormand Murks, (Keith), returns from the grave and survives on other people's blood.
A low budget vampire film with no valley or zombies.

THE VAMPIRE (1913/Kalem) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Vignola.
Cast: Alice Eis, Harry Millarde, Bert French, Marguerite Courtot, Alice Hollister.
An artist is lured to his death by a wood nymph.

THE VAMPIRE (1913/Searchlight) 1020 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
A native woman in India kills a hunter, but when his friend shoots her she becomes a snake woman and kills him as well.
Britain's first horror release is unfortunately a lost film.

LE VAMPIRE (1914/Eclair) 3 reels. BW. Silent. France.
A psychologist and member of a secret society has sworn by oath to kill his second wife with drugs and a large vampire bat.

THE VAMPIRE (1931) see Vampyr

LE VAMPIRE (1945/La Cinegraphic Documentaire) BW. France.
Credits: Dir: Jean Painleve; Mus: Duke Ellington.
A documentary short that features footage from Nosferatu (1922).

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THE VAMPIRE BAT
(1933/Majestic Pictures) 71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank R. Strayer; Prod: Phil Goldstone; Sc: Edward T. Lowe; Ph: Ira Morgan; Ed: Otis Garret; Art: Daniel Hall; Sound: Dick Taylor. From a story by Edward T. Lowe.
Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Dwight Frye, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne, George E. Stone, Robert Frazer, Lionel Belmore, Stella Adams, Carl Stockdale, Harrison Greene, Rita Carlisle, William Humphrey, William V. Mong, Fern Emmett, Paul Weigel.
"Mad? I who have solved the mystery of life, you call me mad?"
Dr. Otto Niemann, (Atwill), hypnotises his butler to supply him with human blood from the residents of the small Bavarian village of Kleinschloss so he can feed his blob of tissue in a tank and further his experiments to create life. When the drained bodies are returned to the village Niemann makes them look like the victims of a vampire. Inspector Brettschneider, (Douglas), tries to solve the mystery while the superstitious villagers accuse dim-witted Herman Glieb, (Frye), of being the vampire because of his fondness for bats. After Herman is staked through the heart by over-enthusiastic villagers, one of Niemann's assistants, (Wray), discovers the truth. She is rescued just in time from Niemann's attack, by another assistant, (Frazer), who frees himself of a hypnotic trance and kills both himself and the doctor.
Made in the wake of the success of Dracula this vampire adaptation boasts Atwill's definitive mad scientist performance and Dwight Frye's creepy portrayal.
To heighten the similarity to the successful Dracula and Frankenstein, the production was shot on the same sets, rented from Universal.
Some prints run shorter than the original 71 minutes.

THE VAMPIRE OF THE DESERT (1913/Vitagraph) 2000 feet. (3 reels). BW. Silent. US.
From the poem "The Vampire" by Rudyard Kipling.
Cast: Helen Gardner, Flora Finch, Tefft Johnson.
A seductive woman utilises her hypnotic powers.

LES VAMPIRES (1915/Gaumont) 3 reels. BW. Silent. Serial. 9 Episodes. France.
Aka: VAMPIRES, THE ARCH CRIMINALS OF PARIS; VAMPIRES.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Louis Feuillaole; Ph: Manichoux.
Cast: Juliet Musidora (Jeanne Roques), Edouard Mathe, Florense Simoni, Marcel Levesque, Eugene Ayme, Louis Leubas (as Satanas), Eugene Ayme, Stacia Napierkowska, Jacques Hermann.
A secret society of super-criminals led by the Grand Vampire, (Ayme), are involved with hypnotism, poisoned paper and an electric cannon attack on Paris. Heroine Irama Vep, (Musidora), tries to combat the menace.
The heroine's name is an anagram for "vampire" and the chapter titles for this early cliff-hanger include "The Ghost", "The Dead Man's Escape", "The Detective's Head", "Satanas", "The Master of Thunder" and "The Poison Man".

LES VAMPIRES (1947) France.
Credits: Dir: Henri Gruault.
Cast: Boris Vian.
A short film about vampires.

THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST (1945/Republic/Abel) 54mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Lesley Selander; Ex.Prod: Arman Schaefer; A.Prod: Rudolph E. Abel; Sc: John K. Butler & Leigh Brackett; Ph: Bud Thackery & Robert Pittack; Ed: Tony Martinelli; Art: Russell Kimball; Mus: Richard Cherwin. From "The Vampire" by John Polidori and a story by Leigh Brackett.
Cast: John Abbott, Charles Gordon, Peggy Stewart, Roy Barcroft, Grant Withers, Adele Mara, Emmett Vogan, Martin Willmins, Frank Jacquet.
On a plantation in South West Africa, 400-year-old vampire Webb Fallon, (Abbott), drinks blood from unsuspecting natives. A woman, (Stewart), discovers his real identity and he tries to burn her at the stake only to be destroyed by a spear thrust into his heart.
A hurriedly put together film from a director of Western B-movies featuring an insubstantial vampire.

VAMPIRES OF LONDON (1943) see Return of the Vampire

VAMPIRES OF PRAGUE (1935) see Mark of the Vampire

VAMPIRES OF THE NIGHT (1935) see Mark of the Vampire

VAMPIRES, THE ARCH CRIMINALS OF PARIS (1915) see Les Vampires

VAMPYR (1931/Tobis Klangfilm/Dreyer) 82mins. BW. France/ Germany.
Aka: CASTLE OF DOOM (US); L'ETRANGE ADVENTURE DE DAVID GRAY; DER TRAUM DES ALLAN GRAY; THE VAMPIRE (US); THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF DAVID GRAY (UK).
Credits: Dir: Carl Theodore Dreyer; Prod: Carl Dreyer & Julian West; Sc: Carl Dreyer & Christen Jul; Ph: Louis Nee, Rudolph Mate & Karl Freund; Art: Ceasre Silvani, Hans Bittmann, Cesare Silvagni & Hermann Warm; Mus: Wolfgang Zeller. From "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Cast: Julian West (Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg), Jan Hieronimko, N. Babanini, Henrietta Gerard, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Albert Bras, Maurice Schutz, Jane Mora.
David Gray, (West), stays at an inn at Courtenpierre village whose owner is father to a sickly daughter and gives David a package to be opened in the event of his death. When the father is shot by a one legged gamekeeper David Gray opens the package which contains a book titled "Strange Tales Of Vampires" and realises that the man's sickly daughter, Leone, (Schmitz), is suffering from a vampire attack. He decides to give his own blood in a transfusion, but he experiences a terrifying nightmare depicting his own funeral and an elderly lady peering into the coffin window. Upon awaking David Gray realises that the old lady, Marguerite Chopin, (Gerard), is the vampire and that the doctor, (Hieronimko), tending to him and Leone is her accomplice. Using the book as a guide he lifts the vampiric curse by driving a stake through the old woman as she lays in her coffin and the doctor, pursued by the spirits of his victims, is buried in a cascade of flour at the mill.
A beautiful and eerie film with virtually no plot, but an assortment of intriguing shadows and shapes peppered with badly written title cards. Although structured as a perpetual dream, the horrific nightmare sequence is given an effective dream like fluidity by being shot through a piece of gauze held three feet in front of the camera, some double exposure and reverse photography.
The locations used, all had ponds and lakes in the vicinity that created a lot of mist which gave the impression of dusk.
Initially filmed silent during 1931 in Paris, the soundtrack was added in Berlin the following year.
Danish born Dreyer attended a ball in Paris and met Baron de Gunzberg who decided to finance and become involved in the film's production, but used the pseudonym Julian West to avoid any embarrassment to his noble family.
Schmitz and Schutz were professional actors, but the remainder of the cast were procured from shops and restaurants for their mannerisms and appearance.
Clips of VAMPYR were used in the unauthorised compilation film Dr. Terror's House of Horrors  (1943).

A VANISHED DREAM (1911/Cines) BW. Silent. Italy.
A dismembered man reassembles himself.

THE VANISHING BODY (1934) see The Black Cat

THE VANISHING LADY (1896) see Escamotage d'une Dame Chez Robert-Houdin

THE VANISHING LADY (1897/R.W. Paul) 40 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Cast: Charles Bertram.
A girl disappears as if by magic.

VANISHING LADY (1898/Edison) 48 feet. BW. Silent. US.
A woman in a chair is covered with a drape and then vanishes.
Another blatant case of plagiarism by the Edison Company when they produced this copy of Georges Méliès' Escamotage d'un Dame Chez Robert-Houdin (1898).

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THE VANISHING SHADOW
(1934/Universal) BW. Serial. 12 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Louis Friedlander; Sc: Het Manheim, Basil Dickey & George Morgan; Ph: Richard Fryer; Ed: Edward & Alvin Todd; Art: Thomas F. O'Neill.
Cast: Onslow Stevens, Ada Ince, Walter Miller, James Durkin, William Desmond, Richard Cramer, Monte Montague, William Steele, Tom London.
An evil political organisation drives a man to his death with a malicious smear campaign. The man's son, (Stevens), a scientist, embarks on an orgy of revenge with several scientific gadgets and his power of invisibility.
Features a robot, a vest of invisibility and assorted laughable gadgetry.
Stevens was extremely upset with Universal for relegating him into this forgotten serial.

VANITY'S PRICE (1924/Gothic Pictures/Film Booking Office) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Roy William Neill; Sc: Paul Bern; Ph: Hal Mohr; Assistant Dir: Josef von Sternberg.
Cast: Anna Q. Nilsson, Stuart Holmes, Wyndham Standing, Arthur Rankin, Lucille Rickson, Robert Bolder, Cissy Fitzgerald, Dot Farley, Charles Newton.
An ageing actress is rejuvenated by a doctor's bizarre experiments, but her life becomes worse for it.

VANRAJ-KESARI (1937/Shree Vishnu) 130mins. BW. India.
Credits: Dir: Dhirubhai Desai; Ph: Chaturbhai Patel. Cast: Ashik Husein, Ansuya, Kantlial, Bulbule, Samson, Aruna, Mimmatlal, Fazlu.
Lord Shiva is capable of restoring sight to the blind, curing the lame, and reviving the dead.

VASCO THE VAMPIRE (1914/Independent Motion Picture Co.) BW. Silent. US.
A detective is hypnotised and taken to a villain's hideout.

VEER BABRUVAHAN (1934/Ranjit) BW. India.
Credits: Dir: Jayant Desai.
Cast: E. Billimoria, Madhuri, Keki Adjania, Tara Bai, Ghory, Dixit, Shanta.
The God Krishna calls the decapitated heads of the beheaded to come to him.
The film also features sacred beads that are capable of restoring life to the dead.

VEIL OF HAPPINESS (1928) 65mins. BW. Silent. France.
Sight is restored to a man by a witchdoctor, but he gouges out his eyes again when the world he sees is not what he imagined.

THE VEILED MYSTERY (1920/Vitagraph) BW. Silent. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Antonio Moreno, Webster Cullinson & William J. Bowman; Sc: Graham Baker. From a story by Albert E. Smith & Cleveland Moffett.
Cast: Antonio Moreno, Pauline Curley, H.A. Barrows, Nenette de Courcy, W.L. Rogers, George H. Reed.
A murder mystery featuring the presence of a demon.

VENDETTA (1914/Eclipse) 8 reels. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Louis Mereanton. From a story by Marie Corelli.
Cast: Regina Badet, George Baud, Charles Angelo.

Top A seemingly dead man regains consciousness while he is in his grave and returns to his wife for revenge who is driven insane by his presence.

VENDETTA (1922 Cosmopolitan/Famous Players) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Alan Crossland; Sc: Francis Marion. From a story by Marie Corelli.
Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Alma Rubens.
A man seemingly returns from the dead.

UNE VENGEANCE D'EDGAR POE (1912/Lux) 3 reels. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE VENGEANCE OF EDGAR POE.
Credits: Dir: Gerard Bourgeois; Sc: Gerard Bourgeois & Abel Gance.
Edgar Allan Poe takes a drug that drives him insane.

THE VENGEANCE OF EDGAR POE (1912) see Une Vengeance d'Edgar Poe

THE VENGEANCE OF EGYPT (1912/Gaumont) 45mins. (3 reels). BW. Silent. UK.
An Egyptian tomb is excavated under the supervision of Napoleon Bonaparte, but one soldier steals a cursed scarab ring from the mummy that causes anyone who possesses it to die. The soldier's sweetheart dreams of a mummy and is then killed by a burglar; an antique dealer obtains the ring and dies with blotches on his arms and a man who buys the ring is shot. An Egyptologist returns the ring back to the mummy causing the ancient's eyes to glow.

VENGEANCE OF THE DEAD (1910/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
The portrait of a murdered woman comes to life, points an accusing finger at her murderess and steps forward out of the picture frame.

DAS VERLORENE ICH; OR, GEFAHREN DER HYPNOSE (1923/Astra Film) BW. Silent. Austria. Aka: THE LOST SOUL OR, THE DANGERS OF HYPNOSIS.
Credits: Dir: Hugo Werner-Kahle; Sc: L. Thomas & J. Malina; Ph: Rudolf Mayer & H. Pebal.
Cast: Hugo Werner-Kahle, Paul Kronegg, Anne Marie Steinsleck.

DER VERLORENE SCHATTEN (1921 UFA/Union) 64mins. BW. Silent. Germany.
Aka: THE LOST SHADOW.
Credits: Dir: Rochus Gliese; Sc: Paul Wegener; Ph: Karl Freund; Art: Kurt Richter.
Cast: Paul Wegener, Hans Sturm, Lyda Salmonova.
A musician sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for a magic violin.

VIA MALA (1944) BW. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Josef von Baky; Sc: Thea von Harbou. From the novel by John Knittel.
An experimental horror short.

VIAGGO AL CENTRO DELLA LUNA (1905) BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: TRIP TO THE CENTRE OF THE MOON.
Cast: Mario Caserini.

IL VIAGGIO DI UNA STELLA (1906/Cines) 720 feet. BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: A VOYAGE AROUND A STAR.
Credits: Dir: Gaston Velle.

VIAJE A LA LUNE (1903/Pathe) BW. Silent. Spain. Aka: A TRIP TO THE MOON.
Credits: Prod: Segundo de Chomon.
An early science-fiction short.

VICE VERSA (1916/London) 3900 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Maurice Elvey.
Based on the novel (aka: "A Lesson to Fathers" ) by F. Antsey.

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The magic eye of an idol swaps the minds of a son and his father.

VICE VERSA (1947/Two Cities/Rank) 111mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Peter Ustinov; Prod: Peter Ustinov & George H. Brown; Ph: Jack Hildyard; Mus: Anthony Hopkins. From a novel (aka: "A Lesson to Fathers" ) by F. Anstey.
Cast: Roger Livesey, Kay Walsh, Anthony Newley, James Robertson Justice, David Hutcheson, Petula Clark, Joan Young, Patricia Raine, Vida Hope, Vi Kaley, Ernest Jay, Kynaston Reeves, Harcourt Williams, William Shine, Andrew Blackett, John Willoughby, Stanley Van Beers, Robert Eddison, James Hayter, Alfie Bass, Hugh Dempster, Peter Jones, James Kenney, Michael McKeag, Timothy Bateson, Malcolm Summers.
A magic stone stolen from India enables Dick, (Newley), an unhappy Victorian boy, being sent off to school, to change places with his pompous stockbroker father Paul Bultitude, (Livesey), who wishes at the same time to be a schoolboy again. As a boy, Paul is hustled off to school where his pompous behaviour makes enemies of his school friends and becomes a scandal to the headmaster Dr. Grimstone, (Justice). Meanwhile, as his father, Dick has become head of the household, hosting several lavish children' s parties and entering into a motor car factory partnership with his reprobate Uncle Marmaduke who was responsible for stealing the sacred Indian jewel.
An overlong comedy with a few amusing and inspired moments to help it along.
Justice's performance remains the most memorable.

THE VIJ (1914/Khanzhonkov) 8 reels. BW. Silent. Russia.
Credits: Dir., Sc. & Ph: Ladislaw Starewicz. From a story by Gogol.
Cast: Ivan Mosjoukine (warlock), Olga Obolenskaya, V. Turzhansky.
Filmed using stop-motion techniques, this story features Satan and some witches.
Remade in 1960 as LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO.

THE VILLAGE SCARE (1909) BW. Silent. US.
A mysterious animal described as a half-bird and half-wolf creature stalks the streets frightening people until it is revealed to be just a dog covered with feathers.

THE VILLAGE WITCH (1906/Pathe) 492 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A witch casts a love spell, but is eventually drowned when her victim recovers.

THE VIOLET RAY (1917/Kalem) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Ellis; Sc: Robert Welles Ritchie.
Cast: George Larkin, Harry Gordon, Robert Ellis, Cyril Courtney, Ollie Kirkby.
Features a blinding ray machine.
This was the fifteenth entry to the GRANT, POLICE REPORTER film series.

THE VISIONS OF A CRIME (1907/Lubin) BW. Silent. US.
A man dreams of a murder, and finds a corpse the next day in the exact spot seen in his dream.

A VISIT TO A SPIRITUALIST (1906/Alpha Film) 120 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Cooper.
A man visits a medium, witnesses a ghost and discovers he possesses innumerable overcoats.

A VISIT TO THE SPIRITUALIST (1897/Vitagraph) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: J. Stuart Blackton; Prod: J. Stuart Blackton & Albert E. Smith.
An early fantasy comedy depicting the appearance of a ghost.

LES VISITEURS DE SOIR (1942) 110mins. BW. France. Aka: THE DEVIL'S ENVOYS.
Credits: Dir: Marcel Carne; Prod: Andre Paulve; Sc: Jacques Prevert & Pierre Laroche; Ph: Roger Hubert; Art: Alexandre Trauner & Georges Wakhevitch; Mus: Joseph Kosma & Maurice Thiriet.
Cast: Jules Berry, Arletty, Marie Dea, Alain Cuny, Fernand Ledoux, Marcel Herrand.
The Devil, (Berry), sends messengers to earth to corrupt two young lovers, but even after they are turned into stone, he cannot stop their hearts from beating.
Despite the beautiful imagery, the heavy handed wartime allegory detracts from the narrative.

THE VIVISECTIONIST (1915/Kalem) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod: James W. Horne.
A short horror subject.

VOCATION SPIRITE (1899) BW. Silent.
Aka: RAISING SPIRITS; SUMMONING THE SPIRITS.

VOICE FROM THE DEAD (1921/Screen Plays) 775 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Fred R. Paul.

THE VOICE FROM THE SKY (1930/Ben Wilson) BW. Serial. 10 Chapters. US.
Cast: Wally Wales, Jean Dolores.
A man discovers he can destroy the world by suspending all the energy in the atmosphere.

THE VOICE OF THE GRAVEDIGGER (1943) see Voz do Coviero

VOICE OF THE WHISTLER (1945/Columbia) 60mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Castle; Prod: Rudolph C. Flothow; Sc: William Castle & Wilfred H. Pettit; Ph: George Meehan; Ed: Dwight Caldwell; Mus: Mischa Bakaleinikoff. From a story by Allan Radar and suggested by "The Whistler" radio series.
Cast: Richard Dix, Lynn Merrick, Rhys Williams, Tom Kennedy, Donald Woods, Egon Brecher, Gigi Perreau.
A man is given psychological suggestions to cause him to commit murder.
The shadowy figure of The Whistler voices the protagonist's thoughts and acts as the voice of fate.

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THE VOICE ON THE WIRE
(1917/Universal) BW. Silent. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: J. Stuart Paton; Sc: J. Grubb Alexander. From a novel by Eustace Hale Ball.
Cast: Ben Wilson, Neva Garber, Francis McDonald, Joseph W. Girard, Ernest Shields, Frank Tokonaga, Howard Crampton, Wadworth Harris, Noble Johnson.
Wealthy men receive mysterious warnings over their disconnected phones before they are killed. The police try to protect the men, but the murderer is a vengeful spirit that was slaughtered by coven of witches to which the men had once belonged.
This exciting serial also features a mummification, limb transplants and a disembodied hand.

VOICES (1920/Victor Kremer) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Story: Chester De Vonde.
Cast: Corliss Giles, Diana Allen, Gilbert Rooney.
A dead mother's voice can be heard.

LA VOLUNTAD DEL MUERTO (1930) see The Cat Creeps

VOODOO DEVIL DRUMS (1944/Toddy) 44mins. BW. US.
Features voodoo rites, witchcraft and magic with an all-black cast.

VOODOO MAN (1944/Monogram/Katzman) 62mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Beaudine; Prod: Sam Katzman & Jack Dietz; Sc: Robert Charles; Ph: Marcel Le Picard; Ed: Carl Pierson; Des: David Milton; Mus: Edward Kay.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco, Michael Ames (Tod Andrews), Wanda McKay, Ellen Hall, Louise Currie, Henry Hull, Dan White, Ralph Littlefield, Pat McKee, Terry Walker, Claire James, Ethelreda Leopold.
"Ramboona never fails!"---Lugosi.
A limp horror melodrama that reuses the plot of The Corpse Vanishes (1942).
Carradine appears as a bongo beating retard and provides unintentional humour in the film's more serious moments.

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VOYAGE A LA PLANETE JUPITER
(1907/Pathe) 623 feet. Coloured. Silent. France.
Aka: A TRIP TO JUPITER.
Credits: Dir: Segundo de Chomon.
A King climbs a ladder to the planet Jupiter, receiving salutes from the planets in the solar system as he passes them.

VOYAGE A TRAVERS L'IMPOSSIBLE (1904/Star Films) 1410 feet (2 reels). BW. Silent. France. Aka: AN IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE; WHIRLING THE WORLDS.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Cast: Georges Méliès.
Professor Mabouloff, (Melies), president of the Institute o f Incoherent Geography, maintains he can reach the sun by means of his invention, the Automabouloff. Failing at first, the steam-propelled locomotive then takes off from the summit of the Jungfrau arriving on the Sun while being protected from the heat by a refrigerator unit kept at 3000 degrees. Eventually the crew return to earth in a submarine contraption. The crowds cheer as the Professor and his team return to the Institute.
An early space adventure.

A VOYAGE AROUND A STAR (1906) see Le Voyage Autour d'une Etoile

A VOYAGE AROUND A STAR (1906) see Il Viaggio di una Stella

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LE VOYAGE AUTOUR D'UNE ETOILE
(1906/Pathe) 475 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: A VOYAGE AROUND A STAR; TRIP TO A STAR.
Credits: Dir: Gaston Velle.
Features a voyage to another star in a large soap bubble.

LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (1902/Star Films.) 20mins. (845feet). BW. Silent. France.
Aka: A TRIP TO THE MOON; VOYAGE TO THE MOON.
Credits: Georges Méliès; Ph: Lucien Tainguy. From "First Men in the Moon" by H.G. Wells and "From Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne.
Cast: Georges Méliès, Victor Andre, Bluette Bernon, Delpierre & Farjaux Kelm-Brunnet, The ballet girls of the Theatre du Chatelet.
Top hatted explorers from the Astronomer's club led by Professor Barbenfouillis, (Melies), land on the moon after their rocket is fired from an oversized cannon into the Man-in-the-Moon's eye. An umbrella belonging to one of the explorers sprouts into a mushroom while the others are besieged by lobster-clawed Selenites. The explorers attack the creatures w ith their umbrellas that cause them to disappear in a cloud of smoke, only to reappear as several more creatures. The explorers arrive back in Paris to a heroic welcome.
A comic science fiction film made for 10,000 Francs with some breathtaking effects considering it was made at the end of the last century. This is probably the most famous of Melies' 1500 films that he made, of which only 140 have survived.
Soon after the films release, Edison's London representative, Al Abadie, secretly produced a copy of the film to send to America where Thomas A. Edison and Sigmund Lubin's companies systematically pirated it. The resulting counterfeits appeared with Melies Star Films trademark deleted.
Later on, Melies opened a distribution branch in New York with his elder brother Gaston as general manager.
Unfortunately many of Melies' films were confiscated by the French army for the chemicals which when melted down were used to make army boots.
In 1938, near the end of Melies' life, with no money and no understanding of the magnitude of his cinematic contribution, Melies sold his remaining films by the kilo to second hand dealers.

LE VOYAGE DE GULLIVER A LILLIPUT ET CHEZ LES GEANTS (1902/Star Films) 260 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE VOYAGES OF GULLIVER; GULLIVER'S TRAVELS AMONG THE LILLIPUTIANS AND THE GIANTS.
Credits: Georges Méliès. From the story by Jonathan Swift.
Swift's famous tale allowed Melies to experiment with double exposure and matte shot techniques.

LE VOYAGE IMAGINAIRE (1925/Rolf de Mar) 4927 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE IMAGINARY VOYAGE.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Rene Clair; Ph: Jimmy Berliet & Amedee Morin; Sets: Robert Gys.
Cast: Jean Borlin, Albert Prejeau, Jim Gerald, Dolly Davis, Maurice Schutz, Marguerite Madys, Paul Oliver, Yvonne Legeay.
A bank clerk's dream takes him on a magical adventure to Notre Dame and a fairy takes him to Fairyland. Two colleagues and a bank typist named Lucie are also taken there, but a bad fairy is jealous of Lucie and changes her into a mouse. The clerk is transformed into a dog, but when they all visit the Musee Grevin the waxworks come to life and the clerk is transformed to normal. When he wakes from his dream, the clerk and Lucie go to the church to be married.
This bizarre fantasy also includes Bluebeard, clutching hands and a mutant "Alliafrog".
Clair's own tribute to the work of Georges Méliès.

VOYAGE TO THE MOON (1902) see La Voyage dans la Lune

THE VOYAGES OF GULLIVER (1902)
see Le Voyage de Gulliver a Lilliput et Chez les Geants

A VOZ DO COVIERO (1943/Jose Mojica Marins) 4 reels. BW. 16mm. Brazil.
Aka: THE VOICE OF THE GRAVEDIGGER; THE GRAVEDIGGER'S VOICE.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Jose Mojica Marins.
A gravedigger steals the jewels from corpses in the cemetery, but after he dies, the ghosts of the dead prevent him from resting peacefully until his daughter returns the stolen jewels.
An amateur film shot as a silent and then dubbed with narration.

VREDENS DAG (1943/Palladium Film) 105mins. BW. Denmark. Aka: DAY OF WRATH.
Credits: Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer; Sc: Carl Dreyer, Poul Knudsen & Mogens Skot-Hansen; Ph: Carl Andersson; Ed: Edith Schlossel & Anne Marie Petersen; Art: Erik Aaes & Lis Fribert; Historical Advisor: Kaj Uldall; Costumes: Lis Fribert, K. Sandt-Jensen & Olga Thomsen; Mus: Poul Schie rbeck. From the play "Anne Pedersdotter" by Hans Wiers Jensen.
Cast: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Mouin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Anna Sviekier, Albert Hoberg, Olaf Ussing, Sigurd Berg, Harald Holst.
In the seventeenth century an old woman burned at the stake as a witch curses Abalone Peterson, (Roose), the priest who condemned her. When he dies, his mother Merit, (Neiiendam), accuses her daughter-in-law Anne Pedersdotter, (Moving), of using witchcraft to kill the priest, and again the Purit ans pursue a witch with no basis for their suspicions.
Spellbinding melodrama with a harrowing message of inhumanity.
The stake burning scenes are filmed with a great eye for detail forcing Dreyer to flee from German occupied Denmark for Sweden to escape the consequences.
Dreyer continued to refuse to show the film publicly during his lifetime.
Dreyer is better remembered for the atmospheric Vampyr (1931).

 

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