May Days of Melies – The Apparitions [Le revenant] (1903)

Comical “ghost tale” by Méliès that uses the blurred, out-of-focus superimposition trick to creepy effect. Also of interest is the subtle symbolism invoked from the lodger’s rebuffed advancements towards the maid, followed by the candlestick that won’t sit still, grows much larger, and distracts until its flame finally seizes the man’s full attention. 

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