The Inventor Crazybrains and his Wonderful Airship

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The Inventor Crazybrains and his Wonderful Airship

My previous post about early color films reminded me of this little jewel I came across some time ago.  Unlike the Technicolor wonders that would come decades later, this Georges Méliès film from 1905 achieved its color the old-fashioned way; they were painted on the film by hand.

June 22nd, 2011|Categories: Film|Tags: , , |4 Comments


  1. bmj2k June 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    You had me at “Inventor Crazybrains.” Another cool find. I hadn’t seen this before. Amazing,

  2. Jim June 22, 2011 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    The title fits the film for sure. I miss the days when special effects were special, and not computer generated.

  3. Skinner June 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM - Reply

    There are artifacts in places, but the consistency of the colouring is amazing. Ethereal ladies and airships? I’m certainly on board.

    The tumbling imps are fantastic as well. Despite the vigorous entrance, apparently one decided, while staring at the camera (0:48), that he couldn’t be bothered to go back out the window.

    Great find!

  4. Jim June 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    Ha! I didn’t catch that. Looks like the window opened later than he wanted too. I guess the art of direction wasn’t quite fully developed yet.

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