LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE
Short | 8 / 14 min | 1902 | France
Dir/Writer: Georges Méliès
A Trip to The Moon is a science fiction film from the French film pioneer Georges Méliès from the year 1902 about a trip to the moon. The film was the first film with a self-contained plot and was the beginning of the Science Fiction genre.
How do i begin to describe why the film is a quintessential for movie lover. This film is epic because: 1) its one of the first black and white film, 2) its a testament of Méliès pioneering visual effect, and 3) its one of the earliest science fiction and fantasy film! This film was adapted or inspired to be exact by two literary works: ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ by Jules Verne and ‘The First Men in the Moon’ by H. G. Wells. I think its a testament on how imagination spurred creativity! The film mesmerizes for its quality of production and storytelling. Méliès creative editing brought new ways of creating film at that time, by using photographic technics he also introduce the use of stop motion animaton. Granted, being a silent film made the interpretation to be more opened and unrestrained. Which is always an interesting thing from cinema, it defies norms and challenge creativity.
Within the span of 8 to 12 minutes (depending on the playback speed of the projection) you’ll travel to moon, meet selenites, escaped to earth in glory and new knowledge under your belt. Take a look, let me know if you are as mesmerized as I was :)
LE VOYAGE DANS LE LUNE / A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902)
GENRE Drama, Coming-of-age
DIRECTOR Georges Méliès | PRODUCER Georges Méliès | WRITER Georges Méliès, Gaston Méliès | MUSIC Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Nicolas Godin | CINEMATOGRAPHER Michaut, Lucien Tainguy | EDITOR Georges Méliès | STUDIO Star Films | DISTRIBUTOR Gaston Méliès Film | COUNTRY France | BUDGET ₣10,000 | RUNNING TIME 260 meters/845 feet, 14 minutes (at 16 frame/s), 8 minutes (at 25 frame/s) | RELEASE September 1, 1902
STARRING Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Jeanne d’Alcy, Henri Delannoy
A LITTLE TRIVIA:
Méliès painstakingly hand colored each film slide in color despite it being a black and white film.
You must be familiar with Méliès since he was the revolutionary filmmaker that Scorsese’s Hugo (2010) are paying homage to.
The film was featured in Queen’s Heaven for Everyone music video and also become the basis for Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight Tonight music video.