A Trip to the Moon

I was just scrolling my mind about the movies I have seen so far. There are numerous kinds of stuff in our lives but why the hell, I was thinking about movies? A day before yesterday I was watching 2015 Bollywood movie, TE3N. Yes, this is the remake of Korean thriller, Montage.

I felt something deep down and then my revisiting got started in my movie loving corner. The title of this blog post is such not because I have booked any ticket to Moon  :-D. The simple and rare in its approach to the first science fiction, ‘A Trip to the Moon’ did catch my consciousness.

A Trip to the Moon is being considered as one of the cult cinema. The reason of being the first science fiction with special effects has made it a classic one. This feature film (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune) is a 1902 French silent black and white film directed by George Melies inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne’s novels ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ and ‘Around the Moon’. It has an amalgamation of spectacle, impression, and technical wonder to create a cosmic fantasy that was an international sensation. It was profoundly influential for other filmmakers to bring creativity to the cinematic medium and offer fantasy for entertainment as it is believed that common people are quite escapist in nature and while watching the film they try to keep a distance from the real world. The story is rather simple and explains a group of men travels to the moon by being shot in a capsule from the giant gun. They are captured by moon-men, escaped, and finally returned to the earth.

But the mise-en-scene style or theatrical style of this cinema makes it an extraordinary one, filmed by a steady camera with the cast from a theatre company. Long shots, special effects, composed of around 30 scenes without any dialogue and/or close-ups and the highly satirical representation of the scenes make it unusual. A segment near the end was animated, making this one of the first animated films, too. It is the earliest film listed in ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’, edited by Steven Jay Schneider- source: IMDB.

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