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Friday, June 29, 2007

A Century In Video - 1902

Believed by some to be the very first science fiction film. Certainly one of the earliest if not the first.

This one is a classic: "Voyage Dans La Lune - A Trip To The Moon.

Loosely based on two books: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. Screenwritten and directed by Georges Méliès.

Méliès was a very prolific filmmaker. His IMDb page lists him as director for 561 films - all between 1896 and 1914. Keep in mind that most of these movies were probably shorts. He also acted in 61 films (I presume mostly his own stuff although I didn't check the acting list against the directing list), and he also produced 40, wrote 22 and had an assortment of other roles. I guess in the early days filmmakers had to wear a bunch of different hats. In this particular gem he had the role of screenwriter, director, actor, producer and production designer.

There were a bunch of different versions on YouTube, but I chose one that has an amusing English narrative.

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