Short Film of the Day: Georges Méliès’s ‘The Nightmare’ (1896)

Why Watch? Because a lot can happen when you’re asleep.

Yesterday’s short certainly borrowed from the pioneering artistic style of Georges Méliès, and they make a good double feature (considering they take under six minute to watch together). Méliès is most famous for A Trip to the Moon, but he made this ethereal short 6 years earlier, acting as director, producer, production designer, and editor.

Considering that it’s over 100 years old, it’s pretty damned entertaining – even though it probably earned a “WTF” rating even back in the 19th century. His trippy genius comes to life here in its purest form – through a dream. Now just imagine what he could do with the technology of today.

What does it cost? Just 1 minute of your time.

Check out The Nightmare for yourself:


Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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