Le Voyage dans la Lune

“A [12 minute] Trip to the Moon”

I would say that since Saturday, it’s like I dropped out of life completely. As soon as I became sick, I didn’t see anyone but family, I couldn’t get anything productive done without lightening-bolts of pain shooting up my legs and chest and brain and I lost myself in semi-concious dreams and films.

Seriously, I racked up eleven films and a shedful of episodes of Judge Rinder. What monster had I become…

But let’s quickly move on. I’m doing a quick review today (again, sickness related) on a quick film. A twelve minute film, actually.

“Twelve minutes?!” you might screech in indignantly. “Twelve minutes is hardly a film.”

And I now quickly reply with some quick finger swipes that this is probably the first ever sci-fi film to be produced and one of the most influential films of all time. Read on to find out more

LET’S GET THE PLOT DONE…

Astronomers decide on a trip to the moon, and fire themselves up with a bullet-like shuttle. They land and see all the wondrous sights of the moon (like the earth and stars and giant mushrooms) until they are kidnapped by aliens. They kill their king, escape and run back to the shuttle, falling back to earth and having a party. Oh those crazy times in 1902.

While this film is a silent black-and-white, I was fairly impressed with the special effects they had. Think of the animation parts in Monty Python and the Holy Grail to get an idea. The wacky art-style of the set that changed with the actor’s movements was like watching a live-action animation. Like Garfield, but nothing at all like Garfield. That was just a bad film.

The ideas that Georges Méliès (the director/producer/writer/star actor) thought up of were extremely interesting… if a little trippy. The moon and stars are people’s faces, the moon being especially impressive by the way it suddenly obtains a space-shuttle in its eye, and the aliens explode into smoke on death (again, impressive for the time) and all of that adds up to some fairly weird but wonderful entertainment.

SO I GUESS IN CONCLUSION…

While I am no film student, this was a fun watch. Georges Méliès saw the new art of cinema and made it his own playground. If you have twelve minutes, go and watch history being made. Here, I’ll make it easy for you. Click the link, sit back, and enjoy.

Sorry for the missed review on Sunday, but half term is coming up, and I should have time to pull out some tricks from my sleeve.

Vinci

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