Georges Melies—Master of Illusion

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The focus of a playlist on the history of film shifts from the development of early film technology to techniques used by filmmakers like Georges Melies. Melies, a former magician, used dazzling illusions and tricky editing to create films classified as the Cinema of Attractions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After viewing several of Melies films available on YouTube, have groups create a short film that uses the techniques Melies developed and share their work with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • The videos in the playlist are designed to be viewed in order and refer to information presented in earlier episodes
Pros

  • The video concludes with a recap of major points presented in the episode
Cons

  • Few clips from Melies' films are included as illustrations
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