5.4/10
146
5 user 1 critic

A Mesmerian Experiment (1905)

Le baquet de Mesmer (original title)
| Short
A scientist pours water into a tub. Flames rise up, then the scientist takes out some dresses, which are draped upon statues. The statues change into a bevy of dancing girls who perform a dance routine.

Director:

Georges Méliès
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Undersea adventures in a submarine by a dreaming fisherman who encounters mystical underwater creatures at odds with him. A parody on Jules Verne's novel.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Manuel, Georges Méliès
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An inventor dreams that his newly designed airship takes flight.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A juggler enters upon the scene, picks up a skull, throws it into the air, catches it in his hands, where it is transformed into a handkerchief. The handkerchief, after being twirled about ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton begins kicking his legs and throwing his arms about and suddenly turns into a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Based on an early 13th century myth, this short film tells the story of a Jew who is forced to walk throughout eternity having refused water to Christ on his way to Calvary. He falls asleep... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two thieves, Robert Macaire and Bertrand, are eating at an outdoor restaurant, when they find themselves left alone. So, spying their chance, they make off with everything on the table. The... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls.

Director: Georges Méliès
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The scene opens with the jester being spurned by the king, who has evidently partaken of food which disagrees with him, and instead of being amused by the frolics of his jester he casts him... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A magician creates a butterfly woman and then a spider woman.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Robinson Crusoe and Friday fight with hostile natives, and eventually retire to their jungle cottage to relax.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: André Deed, Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

From the depths of a plain wooden box, a skilful conjurer materializes a lively boy in a clown suit. Next, he takes a heavy battle-axe. What are his intentions?

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
The Black Imp (1905)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Georges Méliès ... Dr. Mesmer (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

A scientist pours water into a tub. Flames rise up, then the scientist takes out some dresses, which are draped upon statues. The statues change into a bevy of dancing girls who perform a dance routine.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

statue comes to life | See All (1) »

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

France

Also Known As:

A Mesmerian Experiment See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Star-Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not Horrid But the Director Has Better
25 August 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Le baquet de Mesmer (1905)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka A Mesmerian Experiment

A magician (Georges Melies) pours some water into a large barrel and he sets it on fire and soon lovely ladies come out of it. The ladies line up and do a dance for the viewer before the magician puts them back into the barrel. A MESMERIAN EXPERIMENT is decent enough but I'd say it's only recommended to those, such as myself, who must see every available film from the master Melies. The one added benefit to be had here is that it's a good example of the hand tinting that happened every so often in these early movies. I was really impressed with the quality of the colors as they all looked quite good. The print was a tad bit faded but this really didn't take away from the color that still managed to shine through. The dance that the women do is fairly boring and even the magic tricks aren't nearly as good as we're used to seeing. Still, fans of Melies will want to check this out but new folks would be best served to watch one of his classics first.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed