George Méliès

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The Human Fly

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 17, 2015

How did he do that?! A bit Grand Day Out—the technical leap is pretty great, and the content is just a bit, very forgivably lacking in its wake. Still, those three wall walks are distinct, and have a real sense of build. The last one features some impressive gymnastics, made even more impressive by that surprising, nearly shocking camera angle. By design or accident? Suddenly the theatrical familiar has become wildly photographic/cinematic, not to mention formally transformed. (Aristotle, eh?). People are made strange, or macabre, or amazing, when shot from overhead.