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A Trip to the Moon (1898)
"La lune à un mètre" (original title)

 -  Short | Fantasy  -  1898 (France)
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"In the opening of this film is seen the astronomer intently poring over his books. Suddenly, in a cloud of smoke, Satan appears and surprises the astronomer. At the command of the Fairy ... See full summary »

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"In the opening of this film is seen the astronomer intently poring over his books. Suddenly, in a cloud of smoke, Satan appears and surprises the astronomer. At the command of the Fairy Queen, who suddenly appears, Satan vanishes; she awakens the astronomer and as he goes forward to meet her she disappears. The astronomer is very much excited, and, rushing over to the large telescope he tries to discover by what means she had vanished. The moon now appears, and begins her repast by eating the immense telescope used by the astronomer. The astronomer flies around apparently wild at the loss of his wonderful telescope. Suddenly the moon opens wide her mouth and there comes forth a tot of about five summers. She is immediately followed by two others, and they proceed to dance around the astronomer, and vanish one at a time until but one is left. The astronomer, picking her up, thinking he could keep her, hugs her tightly in his arms, but she also vanishes. Tired and heart-broken the ... Written by Lubin Films (1907)

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Georges Méliès:  [moon]  Becomes anthropomorphic and tries to eat the main character, and is punched away by him. See more »

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Méliès' cinema of dreams.
1 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

[ here, seems as appropriate a place as any to leave this--] Although Griffith is the great father of all cinema, to me, Méliès is the progenitor of probably the single most important lineage within the medium, which includes the films of-- among so many others-- Vertov, Buñuel, German Expressionism, Tarkovsky, Bergman, et al., and in the U.S., films like "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Spring Breakers" (2013), and [ especially] "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), etc., etc. A heritage of dreams and dreamishness, beginning with Méliès' notion of cinema as the representation of dreams. n.b. "A Trip to the Moon" [ originally-- "La lune à un mètre"] is the 1898 short film, not to be confused with "A Trip to the Moon" [ "Le voyage dans la lune"] from 1902.


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