Excelsior! (1901)

2m, 45.72 metres
35mm film, black and white

A French fantasy film directed by Georges Méliès.

Plot Summary

A magician produced an empty jar and begins pumping the arm of his assistant, filling the jar with a stream of water that jets from his mouth. The jar then explodes, transforming into a flag from behind which emerges a huge lobster which turns into a man. The magician places the flag over the man and transforms him into two small who promptly turn into a variety of different objects. The jar of water returns (with a in it), the assistant is kicked by the magician and the magician wraps himself in the the flag and disappears.


Director: Georges Méliès
Star Film

Alternative Titles

Magician and the Human Pump – US title
The Prince of – UK title
A Varázsló és az emberpumpa – Hungarian title