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La fée des grèves (1909)

A prince captures a sea fairy. He falls in love with her and wants to marry her. The fairy wants to return to the sea. The prince allows her to return and then decides to follow her. They live happily ever after.

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Louis Feuillade
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A prince captures a sea fairy. He falls in love with her and wants to marry her. The fairy wants to return to the sea. The prince allows her to return and then decides to follow her. They live happily ever after.

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The Fairy of the Surf See more »

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Exceptional for 1909.
3 April 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

At 7 minutes in length, this was about as close as you'd find in 1907 to a full-length film--though there are a few unusual exceptions. This Louis Feuillade film is unusual compared to the average film of the day for several reasons. First, it's a costume drama--with clothing that appears about 15th century in style (give or take a week). It's also unusual because the director used some camera tricks (archaic by today's standards) to make it appear as if some fairies are dancing across the water (could this be a clip from Feuillade's "Spring"?) as well as other images throughout the film. Finally, while not too unusual for the day, viewers might be surprised to see a few hand-colored cells here and there throughout the film--though many seem a bit faded.

Three men go out on the ocean in a row boat. There, they see dancing fairies. Then manage to catch one and take her aboard the boat--taking her back to the castle with them. Then, one of the men asks the fairy to marry him and they do so--though something strange occurs right after the ceremony.

Overall, a truly odd little film but for 1909, this is a very good and worthwhile film, as it tells a story (not just a germ of a story but a whole story), has sets and costumes and has, for the day, nice production values.


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