A Trip to the Moon
A Trip to The Moon is a science fiction film from the French film pioneer Georges Méliès from the year 1902 about a trip to the moon. The film was the first film with a self-contained plot and was the beginning of the Science Fiction genre.
Picture this; it’s the start of the 20th Century, 1902 to be precise. The first of the two world wars was over a decade away; Hitler was a mere three years old, little known football club Real Madrid had just been founded and in France, Georges Méliès had just written, directed and starred in the first science-fiction film, La Voyage Dans La Lune or A trip to the Moon.
The black and white, silent, science fiction film, follows six astronomers bravely embarking on a mission to the moon. Building a space ship in the shape of a bullet, they are launched from a giant cannon and land in the eye of the moon. On the moon, the astronomers face a…
A group of wizards harbor a strange grudge towards the moon so they shoot a giant flak cannon at it and then proceed to murder all of the lunar denizens by exploding them with their astro magic.
Cinematic magic from a time where society hadn't grasped the concept of gravity...yet
Renowned for being one of the first Sci-Fi movies and in fact one of the first movies to have a clearly structured plot. A Trip to the Moon is a series of setpieces, which at the time were extraordinary in their detail, depicting the almost comical voyage to the moon where a strange world with acrobatic humanoid monsters awaits them.
It is of course impossible to review this as a movie, but what is undeniable is that the film had several revolutionary attributes which would later on be found in most movies, thus making A Trip to the Moon a very important work.
What the hell just happened? I was researching a project for school that involved watching this, and I witnessed one of the most xenophobic and silly things I've ever seen.
Good way to see where most things came from though.
How do I rate this film? How do I explain my opinion on it? How do I even develop an opinion of it? Of course it's not perfect, but how can I not sit here in awe thinking that this was created more than a hundred years ago? I think that's pretty damn brilliant. Makes me wish I were there at the time to witness the creation and the introduction to the public of this film.
me quería meter un ácido, pero después de esto francamente no le vi mucho caso.
While the story is simplistic, it's entertaining enough for a 1900's short, and the film has to be admired on a technical front for its very early achievements in special effects. Read full review.
Hard to rate this anything less than a perfect score. It's a classic in every sense of the word.
One of the most entertaining early silent shorts, and a perfect starting point into the genius of Melies.
A short film popularly known for its concepts used in it, way before the mission to the moon occurred.
Man reached to the moon in 1969, that is 67 years after this movie. So far this is the oldest Sci-Fi movie ever made and known to mankind.
On the official movie page on Wikipedia, they have recreated COLORED version of the movie.
The things I liked the most are,
Face of the moon nicely done by special effects.
Stars appeared and disappeared into the sky, with faces.
Snow fall kind of a effect on astronauts.
Inhabitants of the moon and their physical movements
Classic Fantasy (not a science fiction really, even though it's based on Jules Verne and H.G. Wells novels) short film that is surreal, whimsical, a technical milestone and unforgettable. The artifice of the background material combines seamlessly with the actors, creating a dream-like and palpable landscape unique to its world.
Although Le Voyage dans la Lune (the original French title) lacks a real narrative purpose, the series of scenes add to a great show of magic and celebration of innovation.
If you're going to watch this, watch it without the irritating score provided by Air. The film itself has aged a little poorly, but given the historical context it's still a must-see just in order to determine how far cinema has come (and how ingenious people could be - and still can be).