Once upon a time, during the belle époque in turn-of-the-century Paris, a short-lived film form called scènes de feeries ('fairy films') were produced in great number by the Pathé Frères company. In jewel-like colours the films recreated the theatrical spectacles of the age with their fantastical settings, dancing girls, mythical beasts, supernatural brings and a plethora of stage illusion enhanced by the trickery of the new medium of film. Made to appeal to young and old spectators alike, these gorgeous films offer modern audiences a fascinating glimpse into the magical world of the nineteen-century theatre.
These breathtaking films are released here with newly-commissioned soundtracks composed by experimental artists from the leading British independent label Touch, including Chris Watson, Fennesz, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Ryoji Ikeda, Philip Jeck, and BJNilsen amongst others.
- Newly commissioned scores by Touch artists, including Philip Jeck, Fennesz and Chris Watson
- Barbe-blue (1901,11 mins): Geoge Melies' telling of the Bluebeard tale with music by SAVX
- Little Red Riding Hood (1922,8 mins): Anson's Dyer animation made for Hepworth Picture Plays with music by Rosy Parlane
- La Danse du diable (Sint-Lukas versions): nine alternative scores by students from Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design
- Fully illustarted booklet with film notes and credits