The First Sci-fi Film

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  • “A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black-and-white silent science fiction film.

    It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.
    The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès.  It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon’s eye.”

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    1 comment to The First Sci-fi Film

    • William Grewe-Mullins

      If you watch HBO’s series “From the Earth to the Moon”, you’ll see an episode that details the history of this film, with series producer Tom Hanks as Melies’ assistant. The big surprise is that Thomas Edison had a copy stolen and released the film in America as his own, and no one would dare question Edison, so Melies’ lost out on all the money that his own film made in America.

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