Voyage Dans la Lune

Le Voyage Dans la Lune

Director: Georges Méliès, Bleuette Bernon, Victor André, Delpierre

Cast: Georges Méliès, Bleuette Bernon, Victor André, Delpierre

     
 
A Trip to the Moon is the most famous of the over 500 short films produced by cinema pioneer Georges Méliès betwen 1896 and 1912, and its signature image of a bullet-shaped rocket lodging itself in the eye of a smirking moon is one of the most recognizable images in cinema history. An accomplished magician, Méliès moved from simple recordings of his stage shows

Overview

A Trip to the Moon is the most famous of the over 500 short films produced by cinema pioneer Georges Méliès betwen 1896 and 1912, and its signature image of a bullet-shaped rocket lodging itself in the eye of a smirking moon is one of the most recognizable images in cinema history. An accomplished magician, Méliès moved from simple recordings of his stage shows to dazzling fantasy epics which were among the first narrative films ever made. These "trick films" combined fantastic yarns, intricate painted sets, and elaborate costumes with such simple but effective special effects as slow motion, dissolves, and superimpositions. Like Méliès's other long films of the period, Trip to the Moon is composed of a series of tableaux, each featuring chaotic action and multiple camera tricks photographed with a stubbornly static camera, which work together to tell a simple story. It proved sensationally popular with audiences, though Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery rode a slightly more sophisticated narrative to greater success the following year. As one of the earliest examples of cinematic fantasy, A Trip to the Moon paved the way for such filmic flights of fancy as The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars, as it proved that the seduction of the audience through special effects has roots deeper than the blockbusters of the Seventies. ~ Mark Pittillo

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
Le voyage dans la lune is Georges Méliès' most famous film, very loosely based on the novel by H.G. Wells. This 1902 release pretty much set the standard for science fiction genre films for more than a century. A passionate (perhaps mad) scientist proposes a trip to the moon; others scoff and ridicule him; the trip proves successful, but the scientist and his companions are attacked by moon creatures; the creatures take the scientists to their ruler, who sentences them to death; there is a struggle, and the scientists escape to their rocket; they return to Earth, and to the adulation of the public. What really holds this very short film together is Méliès' sense of spectacle. A former stage magician, Méliès became interested in cinema as a medium with which to astound his audiences, and this is precisely what he did. The most famous shot in the film, depicting a rocket hitting the "man in the moon" in the face, has become a cinema landmark, and has been anthologized in numerous compilations. The Smashing Pumpkins made a video in the '90s as a loving lampoon of the film's visual style, which deals almost entirely in stylized sets, exaggerated depth perspective, and the talents of the numerous vaudeville personalities Méliès used in his films. As a template for what was to come in the next hundred years, and simply as an entertainment, Le Voyage dans la lune is a cinema landmark, and still immensely entertaining and influential.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
UPC:
0617311677793
Original Release:
1902
Source:
Emphasis
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
14,319

Special Features

This publication also contains A Trip to the Moon in a beautifully restored black and white edition from original 35mm elements with two separate audio tracks of music. An orchestral score by Robert Israel with the origianal English narration written by Méliès; and a second track produced by Russell Merrit consisting of a troupe of actors voicing the various characters as performed in the U.S. in 1903, with piano music by Frederick Hodges. There is also an interview with the group AIR discussing their soundtrack, and two lunar-related shorts by Méliès - The Eclipse (1904) and The Astronomer's Dream (1898).

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Trip to the Moon/The Extraordinary Voyage
1. Chapter 1 [3:50]
2. Chapter 2 [3:24]
3. Chapter 3 [2:56]
4. Chapter 4 [2:46]
5. Chapter 5 [2:34]
1. Chapter 1 [4:37]
2. Chapter 2 [6:27]
3. Chapter 3 [3:38]
4. Chapter 4 [6:25]
5. Chapter 5 [3:32]
6. Chapter 6 [6:41]
7. Chapter 7 [5:39]
8. Chapter 8 [5:55]
9. Chapter 9 [4:22]
10. Chapter 10 [4:43]
11. Chapter 11 [3:13]
12. Chapter 12 [5:54]
13. Chapter 13 [3:26]
14. Chapter 14 [1:31]

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