A Trip to the Moon (1902)
"Le voyage dans la lune" (original title)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Adventure, Fantasy  |  4 October 1902 (USA)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon.


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A group of men travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon. They are captured by moon-men, escape, and return to the earth. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Jules Verne's novel, "From the Earth to the Moon", served as the source material for the film's plot in a very loose sense. See more »


The size of the space capsule is inconsistent throughout the entire feature. It is, apparently, big enough to carry multiple people, yet when a Selenite is seen on the back of the capsule following its return to the Earth, he is almost as big as the entire capsule. See more »


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Magical short by one of cinema's special effects pioneers
20 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Georges Melies is often credited with being the cinema's father of fantasy, and his 1902 short A Trip to the Moon would seem to support that contention. Full of imaginative uses of editing and photography and inspired by the works of Jules Verne, the film contains one of the most recognizable images in motion picture history: the sleek, steel-riveted rocket ship jutting out from one of the eye sockets of an expressive man in the moon. Most historical accounts of Melies indicate that he was a trained stage magician whose skills were well-adapted to the new medium of the cinema, but he was also the first filmmaker to produce "commercials" (in the sense of advertising films for a variety of companies). A Trip to the Moon is still surprisingly enjoyable and bursts with many of Melies' technical innovations.

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