Saturday, October 31, 2009
"Le voyage dans la lune" - George Méliès
According to Wikepedia;
Georges Méliès (December 8, 1861 – January 21, 1938), full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French film maker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema. He was very innovative in the use of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first film makers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour in his films. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality with the cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the "Cinemagician."
The narration is by his niece, Madeleine Malthête-Méliès. It's a wonderful little film, with what must have been state-of-the-art special effects in 1902.