French documentary about the restoration of Georges Méliès' most famous film.
THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE chronicles the journey of A TRIP TO THE MOON from the fantastical Georges Méliès' production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The story of MOON's restoration to its original 1902 colors unfolds as Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange acquire a severely damaged color print from the Filmoteca de Catalunya in 1999 and then begin the tedious task of peeling off and unrolling the nitrate prints to be able to digitize them. It took two years to discover the images on those fragments (which were then stored on a hard drive for eight years as the technology available at the time did not allow Lobster Films to continue the landmark restoration). The documentary includes interviews with contemporary filmmakers Costa Gavras, Michel Gondry, Michel Hazanavicius and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Méliès' enduring significance to cinema.
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Fortunately for us, this film paved the way for Scorsese's "HUGO", and a global audience for Georges Melies at last. A precise and detailed look at his creative process, as well as the pains takingly patient decade spanning restoration saga. Now I can't wait to see the restored film!
Superb documentary for a truly unique film!
A lovingly made documentation of the attempt to restore a rare color print of the first Sci/Fi film- A Trip To The Moon. This fabulous journey by the documentary filmmaker seems to recreate Georges Melies own painstaking efforts to recreate the first great motion picture in history.
fascination ,amazing of restoration saved Melies ' A trip of the moons film.
What an extraordinary voyage it was! I wonder if Martin Scorsese has seen this; there were parts that seemed so parallel to "Hugo" in both fact and tone. A perfect rendering of Melies' professional life and his journey. He was a true visionary, and the film does great justice to his genius.