Watch the full film on the
Welcome to Fandor. Watch thousands of award-winning films online. ×
Click here to take a look at our newly redesigned movie page.
also known as Le voyage dans la Lune

A Trip to the Moon1902

Sorry. This film is not currently available.

  • 4.3
The material for A TRIP TO THE MOON was sourced from a restored color version that had been considered lost for several decades. It is presented here with an original soundtrack by Air. In 2010, three experts in worldwide film restoration (Lobster Films along with two non-profit entities, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage) launched the most complex and ambitious restoration in the history of cinema. The process took over twelve years using advanced digital technologies to reassemble and restore the fragments of the 13,375 frames. The restoration print premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and made a worldwide tour of international festivals including Telluride, Pordenone, Rotterdam and the MoMA Festival of Film Preservation. Now, one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive restorations in film history, A TRIP TO THE MOON can be seen in its original 1902 colors.

Distributor

34072.small

What makes this film worth watching? See All Reviews

2 members like this review

I'd watched the original black and white version before (and, of course, loved it), but I discovered the colorized one with Air's soundtrack recently and have five or six times since. It threw me off at first hearing modern music for a silent film, but once you adjust to that, you see how well it actually fits and it really adds to the film.

Member Reviews (32)

I'd watched the original black and white version before (and, of course, loved it), but I discovered the colorized one with Air's soundtrack recently and have five or six times since. It threw me off at first hearing modern music for a silent film, but once you adjust to that, you see how well it actually fits and it really adds to the film.

2 members like this review
81799.small
top reviewer

Not just the first classic science fiction film, but the first true film classic, now in color! A hand-painted copy of A Trip to the Moon surfaced in 1993, in terrible shape, but was salvaged and completely restored in 2010 by Lobster Films. The plot is mundane, but each scene is painstakingly composed, creating a unique, magical, visionary dreamscape. I can not recommend this film highly enough.

1 member likes this review
94514.small
top reviewer

How interesting to see that science fiction really goes back to the dawn of moviemaking as source material. Perhaps because sci-fi requires elaborate sets and fantastic pictures to create that other world, movies that have rockets, go to the moon enter new landscapes. I enjoyed this meticulous reconstruction of the original Trip to the Moon. The colors are acid dreams of a benign extravagance. I enjoyed it as an archival romp into the past.

1 member likes this review

I had not been aware of this film or director so it really struck me how elaborate it was for it's time. The colorization makes it really neat to watch and the music, though odd, fits and is enjoyable.

1 member likes this review

This movie is a trip!

1 member likes this review

This was hysterical, just what Jules Vernes probably imagined

1 member likes this review
92979.small
top reviewer

Amazing for it's time, and always fun to watch.

77fdb7fed0480f05741933da0c094d40?default=https%3a%2f%2fd3uc4wuqnt61m1.cloudfront.net%2fassets%2favatars%2ffemale%2favatar f 0053
top reviewer

great colorizing and restoration

Picture?width=100&height=100
top reviewer

What a wonderful, fanciful, entertaining short! I remember seeing that close up of the moon's face somewhere else, but I can't place it just now.

87437.small
top reviewer

At first the music was annoying but once they were preparing the rocket, I liked it. Obviously this film is five stars, how could you rate it anything less? The imaginations these people had! Using a giant cannon to shoot the men into space, snow on the moon, giant insect moon people, the Earth looking like the moon from far away! Je l'adore!

Picture?width=100&height=100
top reviewer

I thought I had known this little flight of fantasy until I saw the restoration... the use of colour and the imaginative design is amazing for its time.

Welp, that was really weird. But my husband gives it five stars.

sheer beauty and joy.

The original, as well as this version for the most part, are essential. Light years ahead of its time - still holds its value today.

Marvelous!

Melies at the height of his magical powers.

boring and annoying music.

cool as a cheesy moon

Absolutely astonishing. A must for every fan of film.

didn't love it, but was fun to see.

Worth watching for just the soundtrack alone.

Great!

I loved it. I hated it.

Having been "introduced" to Georges Melies by David Selznick's amazing book, Hugo - it was absolutely delightful to see the very work of art that inspired yet another imaginative movie! Melies was, in all ways, an Imagineer! I am so happy his work lives on through Fandor!!!

so exquisite in color!

splendid. more, please.

Gotta love Air's soundtrack!

fantastic!!

The modern restoration is awesome. Realy brings it up to date. The stereo effects are great as well.

I felt like I was there! Totally Awesome Sounds.

Glad you have this available now, but no mention of the brand new music composed by AIR?