The First Sci-fi Movie

The grandaddy of modern cinema and sic fi. And name checked in Scorsese’s film Hugo.. Enjoy.

On Art and Aesthetics

Georges Méliès (1861-1938), French magician and filmmaker, Wikipedia [Public Domain] If you have ever picked up a book on the greatest movies ever made, you will be aware of the iconic reputation of the film still featured above. That image of the man-moon with a space capsule embedded in one eye comes out of Le Voyage dans la Lune or A Trip to the Moon, a 1902 14-minute French silent film directed by filmmaker and magician Georges Méliès (1861-1938) based on two of Jules Verne’s novels, From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and Around the Moon (1870). H. G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon (1901) is also a possible influence.

The son of a shoemaker, Méliès began working for his family business immediately after finishing his education. Later, after completing compulsory military service, he went to London to work as a clerk. There he would frequent Egyptian Hall – an exhibition…

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