The Man With The Rubber Head / The Magician / The Four Troublesome Heads

Three silent films from Georges Méliès, all of which are brief and wonderful. The pick is probably The Four Troublesome Heads, which has the best examples of Méliès’ box of tricks from this selection (simple substitution splices, a technique he claimed to have pioneered by accident while filming street traffic at the Place de l’Opéra in Paris). I suppose The Magician is next most worthy of a minute or so of your time – it’s fun and busy, and ends with a kick up the backside. All available on YouTube. (*** / *** / ****)