Scientists from around the world get together: you have to choose the method of transport that will allow the Pole to be reached. Suffragettes are ferociously opposed to this strictly male expedition. Finally it’s Professor Maboul’s airbus that will take seven delegates from different nations from Paris to the North Pole. The aircraft encounters constellations, braves a storm and ends up arriving at its destination. But the surprises are far from over: the Giant of the Snow awaits the explorers!
It’s the excitement aroused by recent arctic explorations that inspires Georges Méliès here. —Europa Film Treasures
Georges Méliès (December 8, 1861 – January 21, 1938), full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema. He was very innovative in the use of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his films. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality through cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the “Cinemagician.”
Méliès was born in Paris, where his family manufactured shoes. He had two older brothers, Henri and Gaston. Before making films, he was a stage magician at the Theatre Robert-Houdin. In 1895, he became interested in film after seeing a demonstration of the Lumière brothers’ camera. In 1897, he established a studio on a rooftop property in Montreuil. Actors performed in front of a painted… read more