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Friday Night Public Domain Classic Sci-Fi: Le Voyage Dans La Lune

This week’s Friday Evening Public Domain Classic Sci-Fi viewing is the great grandfather of all sci-fi films. In fact, that metaphor doesn’t go far enough: it is the first gasping vertebrate that pulled itself up onto the sandy primordial shores, one day to evolve into modern science fiction. The film is Georges Méliès’ Le Voyage Dans La Lune ("A Trip to the Moon"), first released 105 years ago.

A stage magician by trade who became obsessed with the possibilities of the Lumière brothers’ camera, Méliès’ passion for Jules Verne was the inspiration for Le Voyage Dans La Lune, in particular his novels like From The Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon.

Some of the imagery that Méliès uses in the film remains classic today: for example, the surrealist shot of the Man in the Moon with a rocket sticking out of his eye.

In fact, despite the fact that it is so old, this film has it all: a gigantic cannon that fires a rocket ship in the spy, a bevy of beautiful French girls, astronauts, alien flora and insectoid Mooninites. In a literal sense, science fiction does not get more classic than this.

A Trip To The Moon [Wikipedia Article]

Voyage dans la lune [YouTube]

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