In a second scene, spookily blue, the jester conjures a Pierrette and a Pierrot, whom she splits into two Pierrots. This is predictably followed by a boxing match between the Pierrots to see who will win the hand of the miserable-looking Pierrette. Less predictably, the match ends with the two men becoming one again. The victorious Pierrot now claims Pierrette, who looks more miserable than ever in the moments before she changes into another woman and Pierrot changes into an apple, which the new woman eats. Finally, the jester returns with her cigarette, re-conjures Pierrette, and hides her in a cigar box.
An entertaining, if rather eerie, bagatelle from the early days of film, The Jester reminds us how magical the medium must have been for audiences — and how bewildering for actors — accustomed to the stage. Aside from the dog, whose chops are impeccable, everyone in the film looks either terrified or vaguely amused.