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Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902)

Posted By : Someonelse | Date : 12 Jun 2013 12:58:00 | Comments : 12 |
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A Trip to the Moon (1902)
DVD5 | ISO+MDS | NTSC 4:3 | 00:15:38 | 956 Mb
Music Score LPCM 2.0 @ 1536 Kbps
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Georges Méliès

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.

The original hand-painted color version of Georges Méliès’ masterpiece, A Trip to the Moon (1902), to home video 110 years after its first release. Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Hugo, was a master of cinematic invention and enchantment.

The material for A Trip to the Moon (1902) is sourced from a restored color version that had been considered lost for several decades and is presented with an original soundtrack by the French band, Air.

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Voyage dans la Lune, Le/A Trip to the Moon (France, 1902), the screen's first science fiction story, was a 14 minute masterpiece (nearly one reel in length (about 825 feet)), created by imaginative French director and master magician Georges Melies (1861-1938) in his version of the Jules Verne story. The silent film's plot, a light-hearted satire criticizing the conservative scientific community of its time, was inspired by Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and H. G. Wells' First Men in the Moon (1901).


This film, Melies' 400th and most notable film, was made on an astronomical budget for the time of 10,000 Francs - risky, but worthwhile since it was hugely successful. Its popularity also led to it being illegally copied, released under others' names, and pirated (including one stolen by Edison's film technicians and distributed throughout the US). [For example, an illegal duplicate of the film was available in the USA from Siegmund Lubin under the title A Trip to Mars.]


Melies wrote the whimsical script, acted in the film in the lead role, designed the sets and costumes, directed, photographed, and produced the film! He hired acrobats from the Folies Bergere to play the lunar inhabitants named Selenites, and the scantily dressed assistants (or pages) who launched the cannon were dancers from the Châtelet ballet. The image of the lunar capsule landing in the eye of the moon is a memorable sight and widely-recognized in cinematic history.


As a film pioneer and producer of over 500 short films, Melies made up and invented the film medium as he directed. He developed the art of special effects in earlier films, including double exposure, actors performing with themselves over split screens, and use of the dissolve and fade. He also pioneered the art of film editing. The sets or scenery backdrops in the film are simple, painted flats. It has all the elements that characterize the science-fiction genre: adventurous scientists, a futuristic space voyage, special effects such as superimpositions, and strange aliens in a far-off place.


As one of the first films of the science fiction genre, "Le Voyage Dans la Lune" (or "A Trip to the Moon") is revered as the greatest achievement of stage magician and film pioneer Georges Méliès and one of the most important movies ever done. Written and directed by Méliès himself, "Le Voyage Dans la Lune" is a wonderful visual fantasy that shows Méliès' imagination at its wildest form, and how with limited resources and lots of creativity he managed to make a film like nothing the world had ever seen before.


"A Trip to the Moon" is loosely based on the books "From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne, and "The First Men in the Moon" by H. G. Wells, as it deals with the adventures of a group of astronomers in their first travel to the moon and the wonders and dangers of their Odyssey. After arriving to the Moon in their bullet-shaped spaceship (it was launched by a giant cannon), they discover the Selenites, the people from the Moon; and as their presence is unwelcome, the group of astronomers will have to fight for their survival.


With a runtime of barely 14 minutes, "Le Voyage Dans la Lune" is an awe-inspiring ride of fantasy, adventure and magic that more than 100 years after its release, still captures the imagination with its wonderfully crafted visuals and its charming comedy. The plot is very well-written, as the story flows nicely and although of a very simple nature, it's very well-developed and really entertaining showing that Méliès was a gifted storyteller.


However, the most amazing feature of "A Trip to the Moon" is without a doubt its amazing visuals. With a mix of stage tricks, camera tricks, and several types of animation, Méliès crafts a surreal fantastic vision of the Moon with the care of a painter and great artistic sensibility. It's almost as if a painting came to life. The now iconic image of the Man in the Moon being hit in the eye by the spaceship is only one of the many amazing scenes that the genius of Méliès crafted with great imagination.


Director D.W. Griffith said about Méliès, "I owe him everything" and Charles Chaplin called him "the alchemist of light" and both men were absolutely right in their remarks. Georges Méliès' work is a must-see for every film buff and I dare to say, for everyone in general as in its simplicity, it conveys humanity's most powerful trait: Imagination. "Le Voyage Dans la Lune", Méliès's most famous film, is without a doubt an immortal classic and one of the greatest films ever done. 10/10
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Posted By: oco Date: 12 Jun 2013 13:53:33
Absolutely magnificent, thanks for this seminal work Someone! On another note you wouldn't by any chance happen to have the uber-rare giallo "Footprints on the Moon" aka "Le Orme" in DVD-R format?
Posted By: dantecolorado@yahoo.com Date: 12 Jun 2013 14:20:35
Wow! this is great. thanks for another great upload, um btw, I saw one of your uploads "The French Sex Murders" - starring robert sacchi, do you happen to have another of his film called "The Man With Bogart's Face"? it another nice film of his... :))
Posted By: tantalus1970 Date: 12 Jun 2013 16:33:00
thanks, classic film, looking forward to seeing it on DVD at last
Posted By: notorius Date: 12 Jun 2013 18:50:19
Really great post. Are the Covers inside?
Posted By: libra_winmx Date: 12 Jun 2013 22:28:35
THANK YOU SO MUCH, Someonelse!!!!!!!
Gracias,

Libra, from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
Posted By: artymex Date: 13 Jun 2013 04:03:45
I've always see this silent movie with a french narration, alongside the music score, played by a piano (see, for example youtube.com/watch?v=vZV-t3KzTpwIt). It sounds very interesting to see the colored version of this landmark film, even if the soundtrack by AIR could not be as interesting as the classic piano one we heard by decades.

After viewing this version, musically accompanied by the French group Air, it's my humble opinion that the result was not that we may expect for a film icon of world cinema. While downloading the file, I read a number of opinions in this regard. There have been various versions of music composition for this short film throughout the history, and it still seems to me that the version narrated in French, and accompanied by piano music is the best.

Anyway, many thanks for gave us the opportunity to have this version my dear Someonelse.
Posted By: AnarchicBuddha Date: 13 Jun 2013 06:05:20
AWESOMELSE!
Posted By: shaunandshem Date: 13 Jun 2013 10:37:25
great post! Thanks!
Posted By: carano Date: 14 Jun 2013 04:04:32
Awesome, SOE, what a great treasure: thank you very much for your work
Posted By: maggie88 Date: 15 Jun 2013 12:00:50
Many thanks!
Posted By: Antipop Date: 18 Jul 2013 09:28:57
Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: helv Date: 14 Feb 2014 10:50:17
Fantastic! Great share! Thank you Someonelse.