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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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4 October 1902 (USA)  »

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A Trip to Mars  »

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FRF 30,000 (estimated)

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This film had one of the largest budgets for a short film of its era. Budgetary estimates range from 10,000 to 30,000 francs. See more »


When the umbrella is growing in the mushroom garden, you can see the edge of the first Selenite, off camera to the right, waiting for his cue to enter the scene. May not be visible in all versions of the film. See more »


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A special movie by the father of special effects!
22 October 2006 | by (Lahore , Pakistan) – See all my reviews

The face of cinema has been changed drastically, and the expectations from the viewers have also been changed. Nowadays we have a bunch of options before choosing a movie, from realistic dinosaurs to computer generated images and from mind throttling actions to terrifying stunts, we have them all but in this era of technology nobody can ignore the true genius of George Melies, as I had seen 'A Trip to The Moon' I was amazed that what he had done in 1902 with all his limitations. The 14 min of this short movie captivates you and the vision of Jules Verne was precisely conveyed. The editing, photography, and special effects created by Melies are immaculate. And the way he showed the landing of a rocket on the moon was very much humorous as the rocket landed on the eye of personified moon and how the native of moon threatened the astronomers to leave. These types of movies are the edifice of today's fantasy movies .In the end it's the best work by Melies and worth a watch

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