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A Trip to Mars (1910)

A scientist discovers reverse gravity and goes to Mars in the process.

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A celebrated professor of chemistry discovers two wonderful powders. When combined, they form a product which reverses the well-known law of gravity and sets all objects that it touches free to roam in space. The professor's joy over the discovery of this reverse gravity is so great that he starts out to tell the world. While waving the two papers containing the powders over his head, a little of each is accidentally spilled on him. Before he can realize what is happening the professor is sailing out of the window and through the clouds, on his way to the planet Mars. Arriving there upside-down he scrambles along the under surface of the planet and finally finds himself in a dense wood of trees, which are of enormous size. The upper halves of the trees are semi-human monsters which reach out long arms to seize him as he runs between their trunks. Escaping this peril, he climbs upon a ledge of rocks. Jumping off a promontory, he lands upon what, when the rocks wake up, proves to be the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 February 1910 (USA) See more »

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Released as a split reel along with The Miniature (1910). See more »

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Not exactly Georges Méliès
5 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In 1902, Georges Méliès created a landmark film, "The Trip to the Moon". While very primitive by today's standards, it was years ahead of its time and still is a joy to watch. It's the fanciful story of a trip to the moon and many studios ripped off the film-- making nearly identical (though always technically inferior) versions of the movie and passing them off as the original. Well, this isn't exactly the case with Edison's "A Trip to Mars". It's not a copy but is obviously inspired by the earlier film...but, sadly, although debuting eight years later, it's STILL not even close to the original in quality.

The film is an episodic story of a scientist who creates an anti- gravity formula. Using it, he flies to Mars...but much of this trip is strangely absent. Once there, he finds the place inhabited by giants and they torment him. Ultimately, he returns to Earth.

The film features many special effects and camera tricks--some of which worked very well and some which appear sloppy. Interesting and worth a look...but far from brilliant or groundbreaking.


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