Of the 19 "trick" films produced by the brilliant Georges Melies in 1907, only seven are still extant -- and The King's Jester, alas, was not one of them. According to contemporary accounts, the story concerned a grotesque jester who used magic to outfox a despotic king. As always, the special effects were top-drawer, defying anyone in the audience to figure out how they were accomplished. It is possible that the film was released theatrically in a color version, tinted by hand. Unfortunately for Melies, The King's Jester, like most of his films, was sold outright to distributors rather than rented, meaning he received only a tiny fraction of the profits.
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