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A Trip to the Moon (1902)
"Le voyage dans la lune" (original title)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Adventure, Fantasy  |  4 October 1902 (USA)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon.

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A group of men travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon. They are captured by moon-men, escape, and return to the earth. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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A Trip to Mars  »

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FRF 30,000 (estimated)
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One of the earliest known science fiction films. A segment near the end was animated, making this one of the first animated films, too. See more »

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While on the moon, the astronomers watch the Earth rise over the horizon. To a person on the moon, the Earth never moves. It does not rise or set. See more »

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Referenced in Astronomer's Dream (2014) See more »

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A Wonderful Historical Treasure
29 March 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful historical treasure, made with care and skill by one of the masters of early motion pictures. It is also entertaining to watch, in addition to its historical value, since it is loaded with creative ideas both in the story and in the way it was made.

While many of the techniques that Méliès used are now considered outdated, almost of them still hold up well as you watch it. It's fascinating to see the ways that he used his amazing imagination to solve some of the technical challenges, in order to produce the effects that he wanted.

It's equally fascinating to see the conception of space travel (mostly based on Jules Verne). It may have scientific flaws that are known to later generations, and it is sometimes stylized, but it shows marvelous inventiveness. It's no wonder that this is one of the best-remembered films from cinema's earliest years.


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