Sunday 21 November 2010

Le Voyage dans la Lune : the Méliès Brothers

A Trip to the Moon

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A Trip to the Moon
Directed by Georges Méliès
Produced by Georges Méliès
Written by Georges Méliès
Gaston Méliès
Starring Georges Méliès
Victor André
Bleuette Bernon
Jeanne d'Alcy
Henri Delannoy
Cinematography Michaut
Lucien Tainguy
Distributed by Gaston Méliès
Release date(s) September 1, 1902 (France)
October 4, 1902 (United States)
Running time 14 minutes (at 16frame/s)
8 minutes (at 25 frame/s)
Country France
Language originally narrated inFrench
Budget 10,000FF

A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black and white silent science fiction film. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.[1]

The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon's eye.[1]

A Trip to the Moon is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

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