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A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) [Super Retro Classic Sci-Fi Video]

If you are into retro sci-fi movies, then you will definitely want to have a look at this French classic from 1902. This silent movie is only 10.5 minutes long, but is well worth watching and makes for a fun romp through the early days of sci-fi.

From YouTube: A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black and white silent science fiction film. It is loosely based on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.

The film was written and directed by Georges Melies, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Melies. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and utilizes innovative animation and special effects, including the iconic shot of the rocketship landing in the Moon’s eye.

A Trip to the Moon / Le Voyage dans la lune – 1902 [via 20 best designs in sci-fi movies – Page 3 (Creative Bloq)]

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  • Published 07/10/12

Comments (7)

  1. Dorothy

    Love the music!

  2. Paul Clifford

    Don’t forget that this film played a big role in the 2011 film “Hugo.” It’s a look at the life of the director through the eyes of a young boy who happens to meet him at a low point in his life.

  3. michel

    I’m pretty sure there’s a longer version, and it’s hand-tinted in colour. It was sixteen minutes I think.

  4. Le Gris

    Yes Michel you’re right, I’ve the restored version (in color) but they created an other soundtrack to exercise a new copyright. (because images were in the public domain)
    PS: sorry for my poor english :/

  5. brian

    Kept waiting to see Joel carrying his robots in at the bottom of the frame. But they never riffed any silent films.

    BTW, Rimsky-Korsakov was still alive when this film was made, wonder if he got any royalties for his music and how he thought his symphony about a Persian Princess telling a thousand and one stories to keep from being murdered translated into a space comedy about Santa Claus destroying aliens who grow giant mushrooms.

  6. StevenTorrey

    Excellent and fascinating. I have downloaded a film of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. It’s interesting to get a glimpse of the world view predominant at the time of the film.

  7. "gunner"

    @ le gris,
    ne’es ce pas un problem avec your english, my french is much worse, je parlez un petite pu et tres mal. merci beaucoup for posting the film.

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