Le Voyage Dans La Lune

A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black-and-white silent science fiction film. I first saw it a number of years ago at an excellent exhibition at The Museum of Civilization in Quebec City that drew parallels between Moscow and Quebec City at the turn of the last century. I can't remember in what context this film was shown but it was weird enough to capture my attention.

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.”