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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.

Director:

Georges Méliès

Writers:

Georges Méliès, Jules Verne (play) | 1 more credit »
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Georges Méliès ... Mabouloff
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 October 1904 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Impossible Voyage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

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Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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For a few seconds, a pole can clearly be seen holding the anthropomorphic sun up. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in The Time Machine (2002) See more »

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From the Moon to the Sun
8 December 2008 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Having produced a blockbuster in 1903 in which a group of scientists journeyed to the moon, Melies tried to outdo himself the following year by having another group of manic scientists travel to the sun. He made this film longer and stencilled it in colour, and the outcome is quite astounding. To think that Melies was producing lengthy masterpieces like this while contemporary filmmakers were still experimenting with one-shot narratives goes to show how far ahead of his time Melies really was - which makes his downfall less than a decade later all the sadder. Melies fills the screen with colour with sets sometimes similar to the expressionist sets of the German masterpieces of the late teens and 20s, and fills it also with movement. Not one moment passes when there isn't something to look at. Although this film is not as widely known as Le Voyage dans la lune for my money it surpasses it in terms of exuberance and imagination.


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