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The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Le diable au couvent (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy, Horror | 30 June 1900 (USA)
Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

Director:

Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Georges Méliès ... The Devil (uncredited)
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As evil incarnates in many forms--from horrible manifestations of pure darkness to light-bearing protectors--this time, the archfiend disguises himself as a righteous vicar to infiltrate a peaceful nunnery. Before long, his little sermon turns to pandemonium, scaring the nuns off the chapel, while attempting to establish his unholy presence in the house of God. However, the enemy is condemned to lose, as the omnipotent Celestial Guardian, the Archangel St. Michael, banishes the malevolent spirits back to the chasms of Hell, in a typical scene depicting the eternal battle between Good and Evil. Written by Nick Riganas

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abbey | nunnery | monastery | nun | devil | See All (10) »

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Short | Fantasy | Horror

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France

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30 June 1900 (USA) See more »

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The Sign of the Cross See more »

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This was likely the first Méliès film to use dissolves as a transition effect, and thus one of the first films overall to do so. See more »

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Another Stab at Religion
10 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Devil comes out of the ground at a convent and chases the nuns away. Once he has hold of the place, a whole host of demons join him and they begin to intimidate everyone. Of course, in true Dracula fashion, as soon as those crosses show, up the devils have had it. The costuming is fun. There is a lot of tricky maneuvering and staging since there are so many more characters.


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