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A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Le voyage dans la lune (original title)
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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4 October 1902 (USA)  »

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A Trip to Mars  »

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FRF 30,000 (estimated)
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After finishing work on the film, Georges Méliès intended to release it in America and thereby make lots of money. Unfortunately, Thomas A. Edison's film technicians had already secretly made copies of the film, which was shown across the USA within weeks. Melies never made any money from the film's American showings, and went broke several years later (while Edison made a fortune on the film.) See more »

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The size of the space capsule is inconsistent throughout the entire feature. It is, apparently, big enough to carry multiple people, yet when a Selenite is seen on the back of the capsule following its return to the Earth, he is almost as big as the entire capsule. See more »

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Cosmic Trip
(2011 Version)
Written by Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin
Performed by Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin (as Air)
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100 years old, and it still looks great! An achievement in early movie-making!
23 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this short but excellent silent film, when I was little, and it still looks great after a century of age. Despite the very primitve special effects, and the obvious phony description of the moon itself. Heck proably this movie can be made by any eight year-old today, but the overall plot and theme of the movie is well understood.

The movie's director Georges Méliès, knew how to arouse people's imagination's and thought this project would work, and it did!

Too bad, he didn't earn a cent on American expenses of the movie, which he wasn't expected. They even feature this movie on the famous HBO series "From the earth to the Moon" complete with an archieve interview of one of the person involved, I forget his name, but all fans of the wonderful film, should catch the last part of that series, they show how in great detail how the film was made and all the troubles they went through.

In all, anyone can enjoy this, who knows? maybe people will think the same of our movies, 100 years from now!


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