Best Fantasy Movies of 1912
The Land Beyond the Sunset
A poor young boy goes on a field trip and dreams of escaping to a land beyond the sunset.
A female magician presents several impressive metamorphoses, combining stop-motion animation and camera tricks.
Cinderella or The Glass Slipper
Georges Méliès's first attempt at Cinderella was in 1899. That film was extraordinary then for having multiple scenes and a semblance of a narrative; additionally, the use of dissolves as transitions in it influenced other filmmakers for years to do the same. Méliès was the cinema world's preeminent leader then. By 1912, however, that was no longer the case; frankly, as evidenced by this feature, his style had become dated. Moreover, Méliès had begun to adopt techniques from other filmmakers, such as direct cuts instead of dissolves, and there's even a match on action shot during the slipper trying-on scene.
The Herncrake Witch
The Virtue of Rags
A grouchy landlord discharges a kind-hearted rent collector for failing to collect the rent from an impoverished widow. After dreaming that he himself is experiencing the sordid experiences of being destitute, the old man sees the error of his ways and becomes suddenly charitable.