Cinema Revisited: Georges Méliès and the Birth of Filmmaking

A Trip to the Moon

Who doesn’t want to jump on the exciting Melies revival bandwagon? No one, that who’s, and I count myself in those ranks. Here’s a Melies primer I wrote for The Toronto Film Scene.

French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès is having a moment. Martin Scorsese’s recent 3D release Hugo pays homage Méliès. The electro-pop duo Air just announced the release of  a new album, La Voyage Dans La Lune, inspired by Méliès. The title not only refers to Méliès’s most famous film, but a limited edition of the album will be co-packaged with the movie. And, of course, a production still from that same film, a very annoyed moon with a rocket ship embedded in its eye, remains the most iconic image of the silent era, gracing t-shirts, coffee mugs, and the covers of countless film studies books. Click to read the rest of the piece at TFS.

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Posted on December 6, 2011, in Genre, Silent Film and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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