Sunday, February 26, 2012

Le Voyage dans la Lune

Here's a little appetizer for your Academy Award viewing tonight. Featured prominently in the best-picture nominee Hugo, Georges Méliès' fantastical short film from 1902 follows a group of astronomers on a trip to the moon and back. It's loads of fun, with barelegged, pulchritudinous "marines" sending off the intrepid explorers, lots of gesticulating, super-duper special effects, and creepy moon creatures. The version below is from the DVD Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema. The second video shows scenes of a hand-colored version in progress.

Arguably, Méliès was the most accomplished filmmaker in the world during the first years of cinema. I look forward to viewing more of his surviving works; how about you?

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