The Pearl Fisher

(Le pêcheur de perles)

France 1907. Dir Ferdinand Zecca, Pathé Frères, Ferdinand Zecca.

A diver encounters strange and marvellous creatures in an underwater kingdom. The final apotheosis sequence boasts remarkable sets festooned with strings of pearls that recall Melies’s Orientalist décors for The Palace of Arabian Nights (1905).

Monday 18 Feb 2013