A Trip to the Moon (1902)


A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne’s novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon’s surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite. It features an ensemble cast of French theatrical performers, led by Méliès himself in the main role of Professor Barbenfouillis, and is filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Méliès became famous.

A Trip to the Moon was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice. The film remains the best-known of the hundreds of films made by Méliès, and the moment in which the capsule lands in the Moon’s eye remains one of the most iconic and frequently referenced images in the history of cinema. It is widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history.

Featured Articles:
Le Voyage Dans la Lune (1902) | The Public Domain Review
A Trip to the Moon (1902) | Movies Silently
HUGO: Scorsese’s birthday present to Georges Méliès | Observations on Film Art
Theatricality, Narrativity, and Trickality: Reevaluating the Cinema of Georges Méliès | Journal of Popular Film and Television
Hugo and A Trip to the Moon | Cineaste
‘Chromatic Frankenstein’s Monsters?’: Restoration, Colour and Variants of Georges Méliès’s Voyage dans la Lune | Senses of Cinema
A Trip to the Moon (1902): The First Great Sci-Fi Film | Open Culture
A Trip to the Moon as You’ve Never Seen it Before | Smithsonian
A Trip to the Moon (1902) |Silent Volume

Featured Book:
Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination Georges Méliès’s Trip to the Moon

Featured Reviews:
Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) | Filmsite Movie Review
A Trip to the Moon (1902) | TCM
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