The Pillar of Fire

Georges Méliès | 1899 | ★★★★
The devil materialises and sets a fire, but struggles to keep it lit. However, a woman in a long, flowing white dress also appears and begins to perform a serpentine dance, fanning the flames in the process, before ascending to the sky in a pillar of smoke, in Méliès’s lovingly crafted, hand-tinted fantasy.