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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - 19.27 July

GIFFONI50 - 18.29 AUGUST / 26-30 DECEMBER

Archivio Film 2019

A TRIP TO THE MOON

Category: Edition 2019

Synopsis
A group of men travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon. They are captured by moon-men, escape, and return to the earth.

Original Title LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE
Italian Title VIAGGIO NELLA LUNA
Category Out of competition
Section "Moon Landing" Marathon
Tipology Short Film
Duration 15'
Production Year 1902
Nationality France
Directed by Georges Méliès
Screenplay Georges Méliès
Director of photography Michaut, Lucien Tainguy
Editor Georges Méliès
Special Effects Georges Méliès
Production Design Georges Méliès, Claudel
Music Georges Méliès

 regista Georges MélièsGEORGE MÉLIÈS
Georges Méliès, (born December 8, 1861, Paris, France—died January 21, 1938, Paris), early French experimenter with motion pictures, the first to film fictional narratives. When the first genuine movies, made by the Lumière brothers, were shown in Paris in 1895, Méliès, a professional magician and manager-director of the Théâtre Robert-Houdin, was among the spectators. The films were scenes from real life having the novelty of motion, but Méliès saw at once their further possibilities. He acquired a camera, built a glass-enclosed studio near Paris, wrote scripts, designed ingenious sets, and used actors to film stories. With a magician’s intuition, he discovered and exploited the basic camera tricks: stop motion, slow motion, dissolve, fade-out, superimposition, and double exposure. From 1899 to 1912 Méliès made more than 400 films, the best of which combine illusion, comic burlesque, and pantomime to treat themes of fantasy in a playful and absurd fashion. He specialized in depicting extreme physical transformations of the human body (such as the dismemberment of heads and limbs) for comic effect. His films included pictures as diverse as "Cléopâtre" (1899; "Cleopatra’s Tomb"), "Le Christ marchant sur les eaux" (1899; "Christ Walking on Water"), "Le Voyage dans la lune" (1902; "A Trip to the Moon"), "Le Voyage à travers l’impossible" (1904; "The Voyage Across the Impossible"), and "Hamlet" (1908). He also filmed studio reconstructions of news events as an early kind of newsreel. It never occurred to him to move the camera for close-ups or long shots. The commercial growth of the industry forced him out of business in 1913, and he died in poverty.

 

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