A Trip To The Moon
France, 14 Min., Silent, B&W
Director: Georges Melies
Producer: Georges Melies
Screenplay: Georges Melies, from the novel by Jules Verne
Cast: Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet, Jeanne d’Alcy, Henri Delannoy, Depierre, Farjaut, Kelm, Georges Melies
Georges Melies mastery is on full display here. It is hard to imagine that he was able to create such lush visuals, and amazing effects well over 100 years ago. The story of a team of scientists making a trip to the moon, and dealing with the imps that are inhabiting it is just shear magic.
Melies, who was a magician, found a way to use the camera to expand his magic. The scene where the scientist is hitting the imps with his umbrella and them blowing up is nearly seamless, even to modern audiences.
The use of the static background is beautiful and gives a great depth to the new medium of film. When this film was made the camera was so large that you were unable to film “on location,” so the backgrounds had to be created in a small controlled space.
Everything in this film just screams fun. Pure escapist fun. I can’t recommend it enough.
Available for streaming on Amazon Prime, and Youtube. Amazon Prime has 2 versions, the B&W version with a narration and a colorized version with updated music. Neither are as great as the original silent film with the hand tinting.
Before I begin posting about the movies I am watching, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the book I will be using to form my first ongoing series of posts. It is titled “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” edited by Steven Jay Schneider. Schneider compiles titles and essays from approximately 70 critics to make up a list of the films any film lover should see. I am taking the challenge of procuring and viewing all 1001 of these films, and giving my, non-professional, critique of each one. I hope to encourage a love of film, and a desire to reach into the past to view the movies that have shaped our world view for the last 100 years.
1001 Movies To See Before You Die
Since I went live with the website I have been trying to figure out the best way to share my feelings. I want to reach out to my film fan friends and have them contribute. This is harder than it would seem, partly due to the fact that this is more of a passion project than any monetary thing. That being said, I am still working towards having regular contributors along with myself. But, for the time being, I am going to begin by watching and reviewing the films from the great book “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” My goal is to post at least 2 reviews per week, with the hopes of doing many more than that. In the meantime please follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Real Reel Talk on Facebook, and @realreeltalk on Twitter.
Real Reel Talk blog is coming soon. We will be viewing and discussing the best and, sometimes, the worst of Hollywood from the Silents through today. Film is a particular passion of ours and feel that many of the films of the past are important and entertaining for a modern audience. We will talk about the films, the people, the trivia, and how it is all still relevant today. We want to have an open forum for discussion of all things related to film and the people who make them.