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The screenplay is at the moment the focal point of intensive severe second look, notwithstanding, as but there was no finished research of its ancient improvement. foreign in scope and putting emphasis at the improvement and diversity of screenplay texts themselves, this e-book can be a major and cutting edge addition to the present literature.

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10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. The Vision of Marguerite. Dr Faust Sells his Soul to Satan. The Kermess. Mephistopheles Seeks a Quarrel with the Students. First Meeting of Faust and Marguerite. Marguerite’s Garden. The Temptation. The Gate of the City (Return and Procession of the Soldiers). The Duel. Death of Valentine, Brother of Marguerite. The Church. Mephistopheles Prevents Marguerite from Praying. The Walpurgis Night. The Celebrated Women of Antiquity (Grand Ballet). The Prison.

The catalogues estimate the running times of the kinds of film discussed below at between 15 and 18 minutes, and the length of their footage at between 820 and 850 feet. Providing a synopsis for a film of that length entailed the construction of a short prose narrative, but unlike those of most catalogue descriptions, the synopses of these longer Méliès films often divided the action into numbered scenes. An example is A Trip to the Moon (1902). One catalogue printed the following text for what it described as ‘An extraordinary and fantastical film in thirty scenes’: Scene 1.

The Astronomers find the Shell again. Departure from the Moon. Scene 22. Vertical Drop into Space. Scene 23. Splashing into the Open Sea. Scene 24. At the Bottom of the Ocean. Scene 25. The rescue. Return to Port. Scene 26. Great Fete. Triumphal March Past. Scene 27. Crowning and Decorating the Heroes of the Trip. Scene 28. Procession of the Marines and the Fire Brigade. Scene 29. Unveiling a Commemorative Statue by the Mayor and Council. Scene 30. 31 Many historians, including Lewis Jacobs, Azlant and Isabelle Raynauld, hold that these catalogue entries reproduce scenarios written by Méliès himself prior to shooting the films.

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