From French film pioneer Georges Méliès in the year 1902, this is the story of a trip to the moon. The first film with a self-contained plot it marked the beginning of the Science Fiction genre in film.
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Prettty silly, but worth the 14 minute investment, if only to see the man in the moon get shot in the eye, a classic scene that I file alongside the eyecutting scene in UN CHIEN ANDALOU. Somebody should make a montage of all the famous eye scenes....Pasolini's OEDIPUS ripping his eyes out, The old woman shot through her spectacles in POTEMPKIN...there has got to be a ton of them, at least enough for a youtube!
Still charming. The FX at the time couldn't do verisimilitude, so they went with storybook whimsy instead, in an approach that much of today's FX-driven films could learn from—not the technique, of course, or the wispiness of its plot, but the emphasis on wonder, the unity of its aesthetic, and the feeling that filmmakers are essentially children at play, without adult supervision.
Holy shit, this work of art is hundred times better than i thought! It's so much like a 14 minutes dream or nightmare of Georges Melies and his team. European's imperialists can sleep in peace, because all narrative film's history is condensed into this one.
The effects may be dated, but just imagine how amazing they must have been for audiences back in 1902, and despite being primitive in technique, this film has lost none of its magic to wow and delight. It packs more in ten minutes than most features pack today.
Boundlessly imaginative. A film not only demonstrating Méliès' genius (which it so clearly does), but also reminding us of one of the most shameless thefts ever perpetrated. I am almost tempted to say Edison should've been hung for that.