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

L'éclipse du soleil en pleine lune (original title)
As the clock strikes twelve, a weary astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays.

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Georges Méliès
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mlle. Bodson Mlle. Bodson ... Comet
Manuel Manuel ... The Class Supervisor
Georges Méliès ... Professor of Astronomy
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Storyline

What inscrutable secrets lie deep into the boundless cosmos that surround us? Riddled with questions about man's origin and his place in the universe, a weary and respectable astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse. Soon, the clock strikes twelve, and a glorious parade of enormous celestial bodies, brilliant wandering stars, and sparkling comets pass before their phallic telescopes, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays. Indeed, this eerie astral euphoria is contagious--and by the end of this ardent sun and moon courtship--the grizzled stargazer will be overwhelmed by the wondrous harmony of all creation. Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

France

Release Date:

22 September 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and Moon See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Solid Melies
19 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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...

As others have noted, this is not Melies' best work. It is still a fine film, with more than its share of humor. And quality-wise, it has held up much better than "A Trip to the Moon" (1902) and looks as clean and clear as any modern film.

If possible, catch this film live. The patio in Chicago played it in April 2015 with Jay Warren on the organ. This completely changes the way the film is experienced when you get that in-house sound.


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