An early example of how sets, costumes, and overall visual style has a pervasive effect on the viewer, transcending through the story and enhancing it when it's too simple to be carried on its own. I cannot and will not examine films on a purely textual (script & story) level. So far this is my favourite Méliès film (yes, better than Trip to the Moon). Each meticulously crafted scene is like a renaissance painting.
Packs more spectacle in 16 mins than many features do in their entire running time. Better yet the film is a testament to the endless possibilities the cinematic form offers, one could some up the film's story in seconds but that would sell the film short since it functions on a purely sensory level, amazing that one of the for fathers of film is still one of the most inheritly modern filmmakers. Masterpiece.