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Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon
(Le Voyage dans la Lune
)

Released in 1902, Georges Méliès most famous film is an exploration story based on Jules Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon and is generally considered to be the first science fiction film ever produced.  A simple story is told of scientists flying to the moon and being attacked by its inhabitants, the Selenites, before returning back to earth.  Of special note are the special effects and the film's comical characterisation of French colonial expansion.  The film was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002.
France: Star Film Company
Running time: 13:56 minutes

Director:

Georges Méliès

Producer:

Georges Méliès

Screenplay:

Georges Méliès

Photography:

Michaut, Lucien Tainguy

Cast

Professor Barbenfouillis

Georges Méliès

Captain of the rocket

Henri Delannoy

Phoebe, the moon

Bleuette Bernon

Officer of the marines

François Lallement

One of the astronomers

Victor André

One of the astronomers

Brunnet

One of the astronomers

Depierre

One of the astronomers

Farjaut

One of the astronomers

Kelm

Stars

Théâtre du Châtelet ballerinas

Selenites

Folies-Bergères acrobats

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Scene Title

1

The Scientific Congress at the Astronomic Club.

2

Planning the Trip. Appointing the Explorers and Servants. Farewell.

3

The Workshops: Constructing the Projectile.

4

The Founderies. The Chimney-stacks. The casting of the Monster Gun.

5

The Astronomers enter the Shell.

6

Loading the Gun.

7

The Monster Gun. March Past of the Gunners. Fire!!! Saluting the Flag.

8

The Flight through Space. Approaching the Moon.

9

Landed Right into the Eye!!!

10

Flight of the Shell into the Moon. Appearance of the Earth from the Moon.

11

The Plain of Craters. Volcanic Eruption.

12

The Dream (the Bolies, the Great Bear, Phœbus, the Twin Stars Saturn).

13

The Snow Storm.

14

40 Degrees below Zero. Descending a Lunar Crater.

15

In the Interior of the Moon. The Giant Mushroom Grotto.

16

Encounter with the Selenites. Homeric Flight.

17 

Prisoners!!

18

The Kingdom of the Moon. The Selenite Army.

19

The Flight.

20

Wild Pursuit.

21

The Astronomers find the Shell again. Departure from the Moon.

22

Vertical Drop into Space.

23

Splashing into the Open Sea.

24 

At the Bottom of the Ocean.

25

The Rescue. Return to Port.
26 Great Fete. Triumphal March Past.
27 Crowning and Decorating the Heroes of the Trip.
28 Procession of Marines and the Fire Brigade.
29 Inauguration of the Commemorative Statue by the Mayor and Council.

30

Public Rejoicings.

Sources

Le voyage dans la lune; Le voyage extraordinaire. [DVD liner notes]. Directed by Georges Méliès, Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange. France: Lobster Films, 2011.


Solomon, M. [ed.]. Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès’s Trip to the Moon. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2011.

 

 

 

 

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