A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.


Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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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)


An association of astronomers has convened to listen to the plan of Professor Barbenfouillis, their president, to fly to the moon. With the one dissenting voice quashed by Barbenfouillis and the other members, the plan is approved with Barbenfouillis choosing five others to accompany him. Most of the preparation for the trip is in building the vessel and launching mechanism, which resemble a large bullet and a large gun respectively. Hitting the moon in the eye, the six land safely at their destination. They find that much about the moon is wonderful and fantastical, but also that much is not what they would have liked to encounter as it is life threatening. They have to find a way to get out of their alien predicament to get back home safely. Written by Huggo

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Alternate Versions

One print has "Echoes" by Pink Floyd on the soundtrack. See more »


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A true work of Art
9 June 2010 | by krazy_boi_natSee all my reviews

Journey to the Moon George Melies was a French and one of the pioneers of early cinema. Before his film career he was a magician/ illusionist. What makes his 1902 film Journey to the moon so breathtaking is the fact that its one of the first films to beak away from the Lumière brothers style of documentary style filming and use plot and narrative to create this compelling 14min filming at a rate of 16 frames per second which was the stander frame rate at that time. I would compare the spectator ship of this film to the reaction of today audience to a film like James Camrons Avatar. I make this statement as though Melies does not use state of the art CGI he did use techniques like super-imposing, animation, camera trickery and stop-start motion which would have been a expectational voyeurism pleasure in 1902. The other thing that makes this film hold its iconic place is history is the length which would of felt like watching all of the 'lord of the rings' film one after the other as most films were only a couple of minuets long. As I have previously mentioned Journey to the Moon has a narrative but its the first of it kind to have a real genre, its genre being sci-fi and fantasy as well as one of the first film to use special effects. For all they s reasons and more I rate this film very highly. With out it I believe that cinema as we know it would not be the same.

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Release Date:

4 October 1902 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Trip to Mars See more »


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FRF30,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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