• Short Summary

    Early trick film from Robert W. Paul - A statue comes to life and the sculptor falls in love with his creation.

  • Description

    Robert W. Paul production, "The Vanishing Lady", 1897.

    Intertitle reads: "Over thirty years ago, when short skirts, lipsticks and cocktails were almost unknown, some humourist made a trick film and called it 'The Vanishing Lady'.

    Man in roman costume carves figure of girl in doorway. As he finishes, the statue comes to life. The man expresses great love and desire for her, but every time the man goes to grab the girl she vanishes and reappears somewhere else.

    Intertitle reads: "This 1896 film was one of the first trick films made - a queer visitor today from a vanished age".

    Eventually distraught he makes a final grab at her whereupon she turns back into a stone statue.

    Note: Intertitles appear to confuse this 1897 film with an 1896 George Méliès production.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1694.03
    Media URN:
    60504
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:20:00 / 01:15:30:00
    Canister:
    UN 1 B (M)

Comments (1)

  1. Cine-tourist says

    This is not a film by R.W. Paul, it is Georges Méliès\'s Pygmalion et Galathée (1898).

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