Georges Méliès was a brilliant and visionary filmmaker. One could argue that he made the very first horror film [House of the Devil,1896) as well as the first science fiction adventure [A Trip to the Moon, 1902]. Between these two films one can see that Méliès had evolved as a filmmaker in such a short time. House of the Devil was a vehicle for lots of camera tricks. It’s amusing and his audience would have marveled at what he had accomplished. With A Trip to the Moon he gave us an epic adventure beyond what anyone could have dreamed of in 1902.
I love A Trip to the Moon because of it’s playfulness and the amazing visuals it contains. From the iconic shot of the space capsule piercing the eye of the moon to the acrobatic moon creatures the scientists encounter, this small film had huge ideas and entertains every moment of the film. I also love Méliès sets which have rich detail and work very well for the story he is telling. He pretty much had a hand in every aspect of this film which is a tribute to his genius.
If you’re new to watching silent film, this one is a must-see alongside Nosferatu (1922) which is my favorite silent horror film. A Trip to the Moon would provide inspiration to countless filmmakers who dared to put their dreams and nightmares on film for our enjoyment. Thank you, George for getting the ball rolling!
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