Dr Coppelius' is a lonely old alchemist who lives in a two-story house on the edge of the village square. He is regarded by the villagers as a sorcerer, someone who conducts strange experiments in his laboratory. They fear him and ridicule him. Coppélia, is his masterpiece, a mechanical doll who is so lifelike she is able to fool the villagers into believing she is alive. Dr Coppelius' is so enamored of this doll that he tries to use magic to bring her to life.
Swanilda is one of the most beautiful girls of the village, Swanilda loves life and her fiancé, Franz. She and her friends are to be married at a mass wedding during the Harvest Festival on the following day. Franz is engaged to marry Swanilda, he causes her a great deal of dismay when he notices the beautiful "new girl" in the village, Coppélia, throwing kisses at him. Not realizing that she is only a mechanical doll, he is determined to discover whether she really loves him or not by breaking into Dr Coppelius' house, where he finds himself in great danger.
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