Who will win the battle?
"The Mystic Swing", a Thomas Edison film
In The Mystic Swing, a short from 1900, Mephistopheles, one of the devil’s assistants, is having a contest with a character that the Edison film catalog calls the Professor.
The Mystic Swing (Silent Movie) 1900
Edwin Porter made this film for Thomas Edison in 1900, after the style of the French filmmaker and magician Georges Melies. Many of these early "special effects" films imitated the style of stage magicians of the time, using trick photography to improve upon the magician’s illusions. But the filmmakers couldn’t help but have their actors act just like magicians, as if the rules of film were the same as the rules of the stage.