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also known as Le voyage dans la Lune

A Trip to the Moon1902

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Every frame of A TRIP TO THE MOON is brimming with invention. It remains the best known of Georges Méliès’s hundreds of fantasy films, in no small part for its extraordinary image of a rocket crashing into the Man in the Moon, an emblem for the magic of cinema. Méliès himself stars as an iconoclastic astronomer who defies his scientific colleagues in charting the improbable journey. Upon landing on the moon, he and his fellow explorers encounter sublime lunar landscapes and an acrobatic civilization of imps. A TRIP TO THE MOON stands as a quintessential film spectacle more than a century after its production.

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One of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century according to the Village Voice.


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Prettty silly, but worth the 13 minute investment, if only to see the man in the moon get shot in the eye, a classic scene that I file alongside the eyecutting scene in UN CHIEN ANDALOU. Somebody should make a montage of all the famous eye scenes....Pasolini's OEDIPUS ripping his eyes out, The old woman shot through her spectacles in POTEMPKIN...there has got to be a ton of them, at least enough for a youtube!

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Before the Matrix, before Star Wars, before Star Trek, before 2001 A Space Odissey...There was "A trip to the Moon". There wouldn´t be any of the above without this 1902 seminal, groundbreaking masterpiece, which also happens to be really entertaining and, (Why not say it?), incredibly fun to watch. So, start the count down, fasten your seat belts and soar to the stars with this amazing motion picture, and let Georges Meliés... "Take you to the moon".

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Prettty silly, but worth the 13 minute investment, if only to see the man in the moon get shot in the eye, a classic scene that I file alongside the eyecutting scene in UN CHIEN ANDALOU. Somebody should make a montage of all the famous eye scenes....Pasolini's OEDIPUS ripping his eyes out, The old woman shot through her spectacles in POTEMPKIN...there has got to be a ton of them, at least enough for a youtube!

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When this first started I thought I was just ridiculous, then I watched and became mesmerized, but it wasn’t until the mushrooms appeared that I knew what this was all about.

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Very advanced for its time. I liked this alot.

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Pretty fantastic set and stage design here. A delightful watch, and more explosions than a Michael Bay movie!

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A film I always wanted to view... Where did the man with a rocket in his eye belong to? The rest of the film lived up to that famous frame. Great to have watched this in it's entirety.

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Stunning! Eerily prophetic - especially the splash-down! A must-see for any silent movie fan.

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My husband had never seen it and it was a joy to watch him watch this wonderful movie.

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A charming, delightful film, and the forerunner to all modern day science fiction and fantasy film. The iconic "man in the moon" with the rocket in his eye is a testament to the enduring impact of Melies "A Trip to the Moon." A must-see film for anyone interested in filmmaking, and for fans of sci-fi and fantasy films.

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Never seen it before, but very glad I did. Such creativity! Still inspiring to this day.

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Besides the historical and artistic significance, this is a very entertaining and beautiful short film.

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Engaging, surprising, and well deserving of its status as a classic. Méliès' mad-scientist enthusiasm for both the subject and the tricks of his trade is evident throughout the entire film. There is abundant creativity in the visual detail and in the turns of the plot. "Trip to the Moon" does seem naive to an era that has actually been to the moon, and made films about going much farther, but as a film it continues to set a standard.

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While this is slow paced for today's audiences, especially the beginning, I'd say it's worth sticking with it longer than you think. You'll be rewarded with amazing changes of scenery, costumes, concepts, and acting styles. Beautiful, enlivening, great music, hats, shapes, movements.

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Really great and timely. Especially with Hugo up for the academy award.

Wonderful movie!!!!!

Strange little film. Not sure what it all means? Maybe one has to be in tune with the times.

Fun look at film history. My three year old enjoyed it, too.

Interesting bit of film history, amusing.

joy of film with a million moving parts

Georege Melies was a genius.

I first saw this in High School. What a hoot.

Very interesting piece of cinematic history. Probably the wildest silent film I've ever seen. The sets are just amazing.

One of the best films I have ever watched!

I've never seen the full film! What amazing whimsy! What a masterpiece of fantasy!

An exceptional achievement for its time. The imagination and artistry are as remarkable as they are endrearing.

What happened to the colorized version? Still great to watch.

After all these years, this masterpiece still crackles with imagination and style. A must-see for any lover of cinema!

I felt like I was there, eating cheese and talking to the Lunarians.

I had seen part of this wonderful movie in the Spielberg movie, "Hugo" and loved it and the story of George Melies.

good transfer and great sound.

A 1902, classic with cutting edge special effects...well, for 1902. Fantastic short film about a trip to the moon and the adventures the individuals have on the moon. The viewer has to remember that during this time, nobody knew for sure what was on the moon. A trip to the moon was still many years away so everything was speculation based on telescopes of the time.

loved it

Fascinating

This is wonderfully whimsical and imaginative= Malies is a wonderful film maker!

Nice to finally see this.

At that time, they did'nt have the technology though,but had the idea,before those s.f. movies, we had this one, well done.

picturesc! and so poetic!

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Melies is as magical as the film histories say he is. This is a very theatrical film, as the majority of film syntax as we know it had not been invented yet. I really enjoyed "A Trip to the Moon."

An essential film! And who did the sound design for this version? It is superb, and adds so much.

very good imagination. That is genius

I remember seeing this film when I was a young kid and instead of thinking it was hokey, in light of the Star Wars special effects of the day, I was immediately entranced. I can see where so many budding filmmakers would see A Trip to the Moon and say to themselves, "I can do that."