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A Trip To The Moon Blog-A-Thon!
A Trip To The Moon (1902)
Why It's In The Book: "Despite the simplicity of its special effects, the film is generally considered the first example of science-fiction cinema... a movie that deserves a legitimate place among the milestones in world cinema history... In a more general sense, A Trip To The Moon can also be regarded as the movie that establishes the major difference between cinematic fiction and non-fiction." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
"I truly believe that film as a whole would be vastly different had Melies not filmed A Trip to the Moon. It casts a shadow over every single film that has been made since 1902, and as such, it ought to be treasured by all lovers of great movies."
"More than just the first Science Fiction film, A Trip To The Moon is absolutely essential watching for those interested in film history."
"Cited as the first science-fiction film, Le voyage dans la lune is most often heralded for its visual effects, which have long overshadowed the original value of the film – 14 minutes of fun."
"For Christmas in 2006, I got a little big book called 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and quickly saw that in its pages there contained an epic Fodor's Travel Guide of film... [My review of] A Trip To The Moon propelled me into the blogosphere like a ridiculous rocket cannon."
"In less time than it takes my kettle to boil, this film encapsulates man's ambition to understand the unknown."
"A Trip to the Moon is equal parts entertaining, fun, silly, outlandish, and just downright absurd. Making it a perfect mantle piece for things I love about cinema."
"Méliès's film is a mix of theatrical sets and funny pursuits"
"Le Voyage dans la lune lives on...and is a fascinating look at the so-called primitive style of filmmaking from the turn-of-the-century. Yes, perhaps primitive indeed, but awe-inspiring at the very same time."
"Where fantastical film began - the idea that film transports you from one spot to another."
"I do believe this film is one that should be considered a must see for a true film lover."
"I couldn’t imagine seeing this in a theatre of some sort 100 years ago. It would have been absolutely mind blowing. As it is now, it is a remarkable achievement that stands up to this very day."
"It has a go-for-broke imagination and like big budget movies these days, overindulges in special effects. Well, maybe not-so-special effects by today’s standards. But for a film more than a century old, its gung-ho spirit still lives on."
"People go to the moon and kill everything they find."
"When Georges Meiles made A Trip to the Moon in 1902, the Wright Brothers were still a year away from their first flight in Kitty Hawk. Viewed in those terms, Meiles masterpiece of interstellar adventure stands as a remarkable achievement in imagination."
"Marvel again with it's simplicity and at the same time surprise me with the elaborate quality of its special ffects".
"Like all great films, A Trip to the Moon knows what it's trying to do and supports itself ably. Méliès' tableaus squash a double-load of detail into every scene, losing nothing. They are cartoonish, distorting
perspective for the sake of whimsy, rather than to trick the eye."