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A Trip to the Moon

Movie Matinees for All Ages

Saturday, January 19, 2008
3:00 p.m. The Magic of Georges Méliès
Georges Méliès (France, 1902–1907)

Archival Prints
Judith Rosenberg on Piano


The charming and disarming films of Georges Méliès, the first and still the best magician of the movies, combined live-action and animation, trick photography and trompe-l’oeil, and marvelous color tinting. This program of archival prints takes us to the moon and back, through the fantastic and still wonderful worlds of this early master of the cinema.

A Trip to the Moon (Voyage dans la lune) (1902, 12 mins, B&W, 16mm, PFA Collection). Pillar of Fire (La danse du feu) (1904, 4 mins, Color). Voyage à travers l’impossible (1904, 20 mins, Color). Les fromages automobiles (1907, 4 mins, B&W). Chirurgie fin-de-siècle, ou une indigestion (1902, 5 mins, B&W). A Crazy Composer (Le compositeur toqué) (1905, 4 mins, B&W). The Living Playing Cards (Les cartes vivantes) (1905, 49 sec, B&W).

• (Total running time: c. 50 mins, Silent with French and English intertitles, 35mm, From George Eastman House, except where otherwise indicated)