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...
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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 waitress, discovering the theft, gives the alarm and four policemen begin following the thieves. Robert Macaire and Bertrand meanwhile rob a bank and steal several costumes to disguise themselves as tourists. They leave their clothes in a garden and embark onto a train, the police behind them. They get off at the station, and an attendant tells the police which way they when the police arrive. Entering a town, an earthquake hits and the thieves fly through the air. They land and the police are again on their trail. To hide themselves Macaire and Bertrand must disclose themselves in a barn. The police soon discover their abode and shoot the thieves down, but Robert Macaire and Bertrand get up and escape after the police turn their backs. And, jumping into a hot air balloon, they float away, making ...Written by
This is a rather strange subject matter for someone like Georges Melies to be telling and the end result is certainly disappointing. The film tells the famous French play of criminals Robert Macaire and Bertrand who go on a major robbing spree while four policemen try to catch them. That's pretty much the entire story as we see the men rob one bank/location, the police show up late and chase them and then we happen to the next location where the same thing keeps happening again and again. I'm really not sure what attracted Melies to a story like this but I think he deserves every bit of the blame because of what he does with the story. The film runs just over 10-minutes and for the majority of the running time the police look as if they influenced the Keystone Cops. They are played for complete fools as they fall over one another and in all reality they can't do a single thing right. The crooks really aren't any better but I think this aspect has more to do with some of the weak performances rather than just the director going for some sort of slapstick. The film even manages to turn into a bit of science-fiction with the ending, which I won't ruin here. I must admit that this film bored me from the first minute and things sadly never picked up any. It is worth noting that Melies shot some of this on an exterior location and I believe this is the first film that I've seen where he did that.
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