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

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The first American 'science-fiction' movie
15 June 2019 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

Admittedly, here's not much 'science' in this 'fiction' as an inventor develops an anti-gravity power that he then spills on himself, resulting in him flying (falling?) to Mars where he encounters immense animate trees and a satanic looking giant who eventually blows him back to Earth. Although not as ingenious or as visually intriguing as Méliès' 1902 'A Trip to the Moon' (to which it is often compared), Edison's film has its clever moments: the inventor arrives upside down on the underside of Mars and the split-screen matte as he moves through the 'trees' is very effective. 'A Flight to Mars' was produced for Edison's 'Home Kinetoscope' (an early 'personal-media' device) and in the context of the history of the genre (and film in general) is an imaginative, entertaining and historically interesting short.


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18 February 1910 (USA) See more »

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