MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,246 this week

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)
"L'éclipse du soleil en pleine lune" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Short, Fantasy, Romance  |  22 September 2009 (Greece)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 743 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 3 critic

An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 2728 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
list image
a list of 203 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 08 Jul 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: André Méliès, Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A wall full of advertising posters comes to life.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"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 ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Comedy | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Bluebeard (1901)
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès, Jeanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon
A Nightmare (1896)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
The Monster (1903)
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Edit

Storyline

An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything darkens and the astronomer hurries upstairs to his telescope. It is an eclipse of the sun, and through his glass, he sees a female moon coming toward a masculine sun, flirting as they move closer to what becomes a consummation. The heavens erupt with showers of stars that become women. In his excitement, the astronomer loses what little dignity he has left. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

22 September 2009 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Georges Méliès: Cinema Magician (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You won't believe your eyes!
12 September 2004 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

Considering the brief running time of this bizarre and delightful little film, it's impressive how much detail, incident, and humor director Georges Méliès managed to pack into it. I've seen it three or four times now and catch something new every time.

The opening scene is strongly reminiscent of Méliès' most famous work, "A Trip to the Moon," made five years earlier. Once again we find ourselves in an ancient classroom of some sort, with benches arranged before a lectern, and once again the audience members march into the room like military cadets. But this time, instead of Victorian astronauts-in-training, we see a group of young astronomy students carrying telescopes across their shoulders like rifles, wearing costumes that suggest this story might be set in the 17th century. The white-bearded professor enters (once again played by Méliès himself) wearing the familiar star-bedecked robe and carrying himself with much pompous authority. This time, however, low comedy devices are employed to deflate the lecturer's pomposity: during his lecture the scribe falls asleep, a prankish student pins a paper doll to the back of his robe, etc. etc. Yet when it's time for the eclipse the students are genuinely excited, and eagerly rush to the window for a better look while the professor races upstairs to watch from his observatory.

As an earlier poster remarked, the eclipse sequence that follows really must be seen to be believed. We look on in amazement as The Sun --here depicted as an ugly, nasty-looking demon with pointed ears-- sidles up behind the coy, smooth-faced Moon and proceeds to inspire an unmistakable orgasm, as The Moon's facial expressions convey the full range of erotic pleasure. To call this "suggestive" doesn't do it justice: this is a sex scene without the sex, no two ways about it. One thing I still can't determine after several viewings is whether the actor playing The Moon is a mannish-looking woman or an effeminate man. Usually in art and literature the moon is portrayed as feminine (our "man in the moon" notwithstanding), but whichever the case, Miss Luna certainly looks ready for a cigarette and a nap afterward.

Méliès follows his coup-de-cinema with a charming sequence in which the planets Venus, Mars, Saturn, etc., are also portrayed as personified characters (ones that behave more decorously than the Sun and Moon, mind you), after which we're treated to a meteor shower. This brings us back to the elderly professor, who has become so excited by the astronomical display that he tumbles out the observatory window into a rain barrel. The film concludes with a slapstick coda as the old man's students and assistants awkwardly attempt to dry him with blankets.

The conventional wisdom concerning Georges Méliès is that his best days were already past by 1905 or thereabouts and that his subsequent films were dull and repetitive, but this one at any rate is far from dull. In fact I'd rank "The Eclipse" with the man's most delightful films, and recommend it to anyone interested in early cinema. Happily, the print recently restored for the Kino series 'The Movies Begin' is clear and sharp, and in far better shape over all than most of the director's other surviving works.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Watch and Download The Eclipse (1907) here mspaintnerd-135-949169

Contribute to This Page