Georges Méliès

Sog.: Georges Méliès. F.: Michaut, Lucien Tainguy; M.: Georges Méliès. Costumi: Jeanne d’Alcy. Int.: Victor André, Bleuette Bernon (Phoebe), Brunnet (astronomo), François Lallement (l’ufficiale), Jeanne d’Alcy, Henri Delannoy (il capitano del missile), Depierre, Farjaut (astronomo), Kelm (astronomo), Georges Méliès (il professor Barbenfouillis). Prod.: Star FilmL 35mm. L.: 270 m.D.: 15’ a 16 f/s. Bn

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Le Voyage dans la lune is Georges Méliès’ most famous film. On its release it was triumphantly received and, according to the director,about 500 copies were sold – excluding pirate copies. Conceived on the eve of the space age, which – from Konstantin Tsiolkovsky to Neil Armstrong – would light up the technological 20th century, this masterpiece of ingenuity is a compendium of turn-of-the-century lunar fantasy.
There is no question that the spirit of Jules Verne hovers over the film; however, this does not mean it should be considered a simpleadaptation of either From the Earth to the Moon or Around the Moon, contrary to what Méliès himself maintained towards the end of hislife.
Carefully composed, it draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources: A Trip to the Moon, a cyclorama that met with success at the 1901Panamerican Exhibition in Buffalo; Voyage dans la lune, Jacques Offenbach’s opéra-féerie, which was staged at the Théâtre de la Gaité in 1875;H.G. Wells’ 1901 The First Men in the Moon; and many more. Le Voyage dans la lune is emblematic of Méliès’ method, based on appropriations and citations.

Thierry Lefebvre

Copy From

Restored in 2021 by La Cinémathèque française in collaboration with con CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, from three black and white nitrate prints (from the Madeleine Malthête Méliès and Maurice Bessy collection)