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A Trip to the Moon (1898)

La lune à un mètre (original title)
An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

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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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Beware of the man in the moon...
5 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This ancient Georges Méliès film is one of the most elaborate of its day. Unlike most films from the time it actually tells a story. It's primitive and simplistic of course but for the 19th century this is complex cinema. Nevertheless, it's the execution more than the narrative that makes it interesting. The story is basically about a nightmare experienced by an astronomer. In it the moon advances up close and terrorises him.

For such an old film it's extremely ambitious. Méliès uses his famed visual trickery in many ways here but perhaps the most memorable aspect about this one isn't a special effect, it's the huge moon man. This large giant orb is a precursor to the famous one in A Trip to the Moon a few years later. In this one he is a source of menace but he is quite comic looking nevertheless. A memorable creation for sure and one of the first iconic moments in the early years of cinema.


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