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The legend of Rip Van Winkle
Short film, fantasy, by Georges Méliès, France, 1905.
Georges Melies makes one of his most narrative films inspired by the story of Washington Irving, who takes a nap and wakes up 20 years later. When he wakes up and returns home, he discovers that his wife is gone and that his friends have died in the war or have left the country. Méliès himself plays Rip. The snake was a gift her father had brought from England, worked with threads and springs.