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Director  Georges Melies
Language  Silent
7.2/10 IMDb

Country  France
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The Diabolic Tenant (French: Le Locataire diabolique), originally released in English-speaking countries as The Fiendish Tenant, is a 1909 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 1495–1501 in its catalogues.

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Cast

Méliès's films have no closing credits, but the following cast list can be reconstructed from recollections by Georges Méliès's son, André Méliès.

  • Georges Méliès as the diabolic tenant. Méliès acted in at least 300 of his 520 films.
  • André Méliès as the child. The previous year, when he was seven years old, he had played the lead role in his father's film A Grandmother's Story. André Méliès grew up to be a professional actor and operetta singer, and played his father in Georges Franju's 1952 biographical film Le Grand Méliès.
  • François Lallement as the young soldier. Lallement was one of Méliès's salaried cameramen; he had previously appeared onscreen as the officer of marines in A Trip to the Moon.
  • Charles Claudel as the male janitor. Claudel was one of the artists who painted scenery based on Méliès's designs.
  • Octavie Huvier as the female janitor. Huvier was a maidservant for the Méliès family.
  • Production

    The Diabolic Tenant is an expanded treatment of plot ideas that had previously appeared in an earlier Méliès film, Satan in Prison. Méliès's concept of large things coming from a small bag returned in later films, including Walt Disney's Mary Poppins and Jerry Lewis's Hardly Working. The film's special effects were created using pyrotechnics, stage machinery, and furniture props moved by people hidden inside them, including the young André Méliès. The only cinematic effect used in the film is the editing technique known as the substitution splice.

    As is typical for Méliès's work, most of the action is filmed in long shots. Unusually, a medium shot also occurs, to clarify the action—probably, in this case, to show the janitor's astonishment more clearly.

    References

    The Diabolic Tenant Wikipedia
    The Diabolic Tenant IMDb The Diabolic Tenant themoviedb.org


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