A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet,
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.
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9 / 10


A group of astronomers travel to the moon by getting shot out of a large cannon. They head into the interiors and encounter strange moon-men among giant mushrooms. The version I saw is black and white with a modern narration. The narration is off-putting and out-of-place. I would have loved to see the hand painted colors. Nevertheless, this is a classic. It is imaginative. It is beautiful. It has a nice narrative flow like watching a children's book come to life. The effects are fun. This is a cinematic icon.

9 / 10

Sheer Luna-cy

With the whole process of creative filmmaking in its infancy, what a wonderful, surreal effort by Melies. A group of astronomers in their pointy hats, containing astronomical symbols, and long gowns, discuss how to travel to the moon. With little regard for any scientific reality, a huge gun is created and the old guys, wearing top hats and long beards hop in the bullet projectile. With a little 1902 cheesecake (girls in tight pants and shorts) they are heralded off to the moon. In a famous scene, the moon is seen as the face of a man and the projectiles sticks in his eye. What follows is a silly confrontation with the Selenites, moon-men, who, when struck, explode. The old guys are captured and taken to the leader who is attacked and explodes. The scenery is so much fun. Obviously, the special effects are created on a stage with moving sets. This is just a wonderful beginning to a fun time in cinema.

8 / 10

Sixty-Four Years before Star Trek?

A group of astronomers studies the way to travel to the moon. When they conclude their project, the president selects five other astronomers to travel with him. They embark in a shell and they are shot from a giant cannon to the moon. When they land, they seek shelter in a cave to protect from the snow. They meet the Selenites, the alien inhabitants of the moon, and they are destroyed by the astronomers that find that a strong hit make them explode. However, they arrive in large number and the astronomers are captured by the Selenites. But one astronomer hits their king that explodes and they run to the capsule pursued by the alien. They drop the capsule that falls through the space and reach the ocean. Then they are rescued by a steamer that brings the team safe and sound ashore.

"Le Voyage Dans la Lune" is the first sci-fi and considered among the greatest films of the cinema history. The story uses impressive animation and special effects for a 1902 silent movie. The plot is a non-sense surrealistic comedy in the present days, but this French film is mandatory to any movie lover or student. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Viagem à Lua" ("Travel to the Moon")

8 / 10

Tonight Tonight Tonight

A Trip to the Moon is widely regarded as a landmark film in the origins of cinema and showcased the fantasy elements of storytelling and special effects.

The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. It is a short film and has been restored. The film has elaborate production designs, animation and truly innovative special effects especially the iconic scene of the rocket landing in the moon's eye.

It was a very popular short at the time and has been imitated countless times or paid home to especially in a popular music video by the band Smashing Pumpkins in the 1990s.

9 / 10

Ground Breaking

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon.

This film is a must-see for anyone who loves film. Decent special effects, hand coloring, and a fun story. And this was 1902, before film really took off. Was this the first great movie? Probably yes.

Although I had seen the before, I had the pleasure of seeing it at the Patio Theater in Chicago with a live organ playing the soundtrack in both April 2014 and April 2015, thanks to organist jay Warren. With silent films, there is nothing better than a live organ -- it beats anything your stereo can pump out while watching a DVD.

No hand-colored prints of A Trip to the Moon were known to survive until 1993, when one was given to the Filmoteca de Catalunya by an anonymous donor as part of a collection of two hundred silent films. This was an unbelievable discovery, allowing long-time admirers to witness the film again for the first time.

In 2002 it became the first work designated as a UNESCO World Heritage film, and rightly so. This is a world treasure, not simply a French treasure (though they have every right to pay tribute to Georges Méliès).

The influence this film had on future films cannot be overstated. And the science (or lack thereof) involved is interesting. While the cannon / bullet concept received an upgrade during the space age, the capsule landing in the ocean was more or less spot on.