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A Fondness for Fantasy

À la conquète de l’air (The Conquest of the Air)

Ferdinand Zecca, Pathé-Frères, France, 1901

Zecca was less interested in technical innovation than in the commercial exploitability of the movies, preferring generally to turn ready-made sensationalistic material into melodramas. At the same time, however, he shared Georges Méliès’ fondness for creating fantasy sequences by means of cinematic tricks, and working at Pathé with animation specialist Segundo de Chomón, he had by 1906 made the studio’s trick films worthy rivals of those of Méliès. The actor on the airborne cycle is Zecca himself.

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