The sculptor's dream : tableaux vivants and living statues in the films of Méliès and SaturnThe sculptor's dream : tableaux vivants and living statues in the films of Méliès and Saturn
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Research Centre for Visual Poetics
Documentation and information
Early popular visual culture. - Abingdon, 2005, currens
13(2015):1, p. 41-65
University of Antwerp
Tableaux vivants, or living pictures, were an important part of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment. In this article, we carefully analyze the presence and function of living pictures and/or statues in two different generic contexts in early cinema to reveal the importance and continuity of nineteenth-century motifs and traditions with regard to tableaux vivants as they were presented on the legitimate stage, in magic, in vaudeville, and in burlesque. We will examine the trick film as embodied by the screen sorcery of Georges Méliès and investigate the early erotic screen gems presented by the Viennese Saturn film company.