Georges Melies was a pioneer of cinematography and was described as "the alchemist of light'' by Charles Chaplin. This short film is about an Egyptian prince who has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the opportunity of gazing once more upon the features of his wife. The dervish accepts the offer.
And then comical situations happen. This is one of the earliest films in cinematography using special effects!