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The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904)

Le voyage à travers l'impossible (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Action, Adventure | 29 October 1904 (USA)
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.


Georges Méliès


Georges Méliès, Jules Verne (play) | 1 more credit »




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Georges Méliès ... Mabouloff


Before the eminent scientists and members of the renowned geographic society called the Institute of Incoherent Geography, the unconventional and resolute engineer, Mabouloff, lays out his extremely ambitious plans for an unprecedented exploration around the globe. By means of all possible ways of transportation, the enthusiastic travellers start off their impossible voyage from the snow-capped Alps; however, right from the start, calamity strikes. In the end, is man meant to conquer the unfathomable boundaries of earth and space? Written by Nick Riganas

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Interesting And Unusual
3 December 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

What an interesting and unusual little feature this is - the combination of Méliès and Jules Verne always produces something worth seeing, and this one is based on one of Verne's most fantastical ideas. It follows a group of scientists and scholars on a very fanciful trip that uses every imaginable form of conveyance, and the story gives Méliès all kinds of opportunities for his trademark visual effects.

Each scene is packed with details, so much so that you cannot even catch it all in one viewing. It is also color-tinted in many places, which adds even more to the effect. The story is just wild, and is less plausible than many Verne stories, but that does not detract from it as entertainment. Méliès even tosses in a little slapstick, which is not too bad for its time. It is similar to, and just a cut below, his film of Verne's "Trip to the Moon", and anyone who enjoyed that classic should also like this one.

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29 October 1904 (USA) See more »

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