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The Man in the Moon (1909)

Clair de lune espagnol (original title)
Two lovers perform a fandango dance. A jealous quarrel follows and the heart-broken swain decides to end it all. He throws himself from the window of his room, but instead of being killed ... See full summary »
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Two lovers perform a fandango dance. A jealous quarrel follows and the heart-broken swain decides to end it all. He throws himself from the window of his room, but instead of being killed the anchor of a passing balloon intercepts his flight and he is taken up high into the clouds. Laughing at the poor, unfortunate mortal, the moon arouses the anger of the desperate lover and a battle between the two ensues. The moon seems to get the worst of it and a comet appears, transforming into a beautiful woman, who remonstrates with him for the trouble caused. The moon enters a complaint against her antagonist and three stars sit as judges to hear the case. The legal battle is terminated in favor of the lover. He, however, implores the pardon of the court and is discharged, whereupon he drops down to earth into the arms of his sweetheart, who is glad to see him. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 July 1909 (USA)  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with True to His Master (1909). See more »

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The Man in the Moon
13 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Clair de Lune espagnol (1909)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This French film from director Emile Cohl is far from a good movie but fans of the bizarre should be entertained by it. Set in a Spanish cantina, a lover is about to kill himself by leaping from a window when a UFO flies by, snatches him from the air and takes him to the man in the moon. There's no question that this film seemed to have been influenced by the work of Georges Melies and especially his landmark A TRIP TO THE MOON. With that said, the comparisons between the two in terms of quality are pretty far off. This film here isn't all that well-made but I think it's just bizarre enough to where it will keep you entertained. I think the most interesting moments are when we actually get to the man in the moon and I really enjoyed the way the live action was mixed with the animation. I thought the stuff dealing with the moon look extremely good and it mixed quite well with the human actors. The pay off of the entire situation really doesn't go anywhere but at just around four-minutes there's no question that there's enough here to make it worth watching.


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