Adventures of William Tell 1898

Adventures of William Tell 1898

Adventures of William Tell (French: Guillaume Tell et le clown) is an 1898 French short black-and-white silent trick film, directed by Georges Méliès, featuring a clown trying to shoot fruit off the head of a dummy which comes to life. The film is, “a knockabout farce based on jump-cuts and the timely substitution of dummies for real bodies,” with, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, “a level of onscreen violence not previously seen in a surviving Méliès film,” which marks, “a bridge between the onstage effects of the famous Théâtre du Grand Guignol and countless later outpourings of comically extreme screen violence as seen in everything from Tex Avery cartoons to the early films of Sam Raimi.” Thank you for watching

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