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Méliès for an oscar? May 18, 2007

Posted by mmonla in Art and Design.

Georges Méliès is probably still one of the most creative filmmakers in cinema history, credited with the invention of a number of editing tricks. He invariably manages to showcase them all within the span of a few minutes, such as in his ‘Voyage dans la lune’ from 1902 (Trip to the moon), an adventure story that’s very Jules Vernes in style. Some of the scenes are great, like the ship in the moon’s eye and the ‘clair de terre’ scenes. I also love the use of the stop trick to “vaporise” the moon people. Notice how at the end, just before the statue scene, one of the moon’s inhabitants manages to make it down to earth…

But here’s my personal favorite, a very short film made entirely in his home studio (like all his other productions). Hilarious…



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