La Pierre philosophale (1899)

France, 1899
1m, 22.86 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

A French fantasy film directed by Georges Méliès. The film is believed to be lost. It is believed to be the first film to feature a giant insect. 1The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.21.

Plot Summary

A metallurgist is trying to make gold from base metal. But his first success, a gold coin, transforms into a beautiful woman.

Credits

Crew
Director: Georges Méliès
Star Film

Cast
Georges Méliès

Alternative Titles

Miser’s Dream – US title
The Philosopher’s Stone – US title

References

Books
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.21
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.21 – credits, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.368 – credits