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A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Le voyage dans la lune (original title)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Victor André ... Astronomer (uncredited)
Bleuette Bernon Bleuette Bernon ... Lady in the Moon (uncredited)
Brunnet ... Astronomer (uncredited)
Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... Secretary / Star / Rocket Attendant (uncredited)
Henri Delannoy Henri Delannoy ... Captain of the Rocket (uncredited)
Delpierre Delpierre ... Astronomer (uncredited)
Farjaux ... Astronomer (uncredited)
Kelm Kelm ... Astronomer (uncredited)
François Lallement François Lallement ... Officer of the Marines (uncredited)
Jules-Eugène Legris Jules-Eugène Legris ... Parade Leader (uncredited)
Georges Méliès ... Prof. Barbenfouillis / The Moon (uncredited)
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 October 1902 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Trip to Mars See more »

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Budget:

FRF 30,000 (estimated)
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Star-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When A Trip to the Moon was made, film actors performed anonymously and no credits were given; the practice of supplying opening and closing credits in films was a later innovation. Nonetheless, the following cast details can be reconstructed from available evidence:

Georges Méliès as Professor Barbenfouillis. Méliès, a pioneering French film-maker and magician now generally regarded as the first person to recognize the potential of narrative film, had already achieved considerable success with his film versions of Cinderella (1899) and Joan of Arc (1900). His extensive involvement in all of his films as director, producer, writer, designer, technician, publicist, editor, and often actor makes him one of the first cinematic auteurs.nSpeaking about his work late in life, Méliès commented: "The greatest difficulty in realizing my own ideas forced me to sometimes play the leading role in my films ... I was a star without knowing I was one, since the term did not yet exist." All told, Méliès took an acting role in at least 300 of his 520 films.

Bleuette Bernon as Phoebe (the woman on the crescent moon). Méliès discovered Bernon in the 1890s, when she was performing as a singer at the cabaret L'Enfer. She also appeared in his 1899 adaption of Cinderella . François Lallement as the officer of the marines. Lallement was one of the salaried camera operators for the Star Film Company. Henri Delannoy as the captain of the rocket.

Jules-Eugène Legris as the parade leader. Legris was a magician who performed at Méliès's theater of stage illusions, the Théâtre Robert-Houdin in Paris.

Victor André, Delpierre, Farjaux, Kelm, and Brunnet as the astronomers. André worked at the Théâtre de Cluny; the others were singers in French music halls.

Ballet of the Théâtre du Châtelet as stars and as cannon attendants.

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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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Retour Sur Terre
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A Wonderful Historical Treasure
29 March 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee 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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