Chaos à la Méliès

Salon de coiffure
R: Georges Méliès. P: Star-Film. Fr 1908

Robert Macaire et Bertrand, les rois des cambrioleurs
R: Georges Méliès. P: Georges Méliès. Fr 1906

“Robert Macaire (Chevalier Macaire) was a noted criminal and assassin who appears in French plays. His name is renowned in French culture as that of the archetypal villain. Macaire was convicted of a murder in trial by combat with a witness in the shape of the dog of the murdered man. According to, the murdered man was Aubry de Montdidier of France, slain in the forest of Bondy. The trial reputedly occurred on October 8, 1361. Aubry de Montdidier was a fictional French knight of Charles V. The only witness of the murder was Montdidier’s dog, which acted so violently against Macaire in court that King Charles ordered a duel between the dog and Macaire. As the dog won, Macaire confessed and was hanged. His is the name of the title character in the 1842 book ‘Physiologie du Robert-Macaire’ written by Pierre Joseph Rousseau (James Rousseau) and illustrated by Henri Daumier. From this topicality, a character of this name appeared in the nineteenth-century melodrama play ‘L’Auberge des Adrets’, or ‘The Adrets’ Inn’. An internationally successful comic opera, ‘Erminie’, was based on the play, premiering in London in 1885. Films were later made with the character Macaire, including Robert Macaire et Bertrand (1907) and The Adventures of Robert Macaire (1925). Lemaître‘s performance in ‘L’Auberge des Adrets’ (courtesy of actor Pierre Brasseur) was featured in the French film Les Enfants du Paradis (1945).”

Le diable noir
R: Georges Méliès. D: Georges Méliès. P: Star-Film. Fr 1905

L’auberge du Bon Repos
R: Georges Méliès. D: Georges Méliès. P: Star-Film. Fr 1903