The Arts

A Trip to the Moon – George Melies Films

Films by George Melies

Films by the French illusionist and filmmaker George Melies (1861-1938).

During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s George Melies brought magic to silent films. He was a pioneer in cinematic experimentation of visual effects directing 531 films between 1896 to 1913. His films have mythical, mysterious, symbolic themes where he created illusions utilizing stop motion, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colours.

Insight into Melies work was featured in Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film. Here is a collection of some of George Melies work. Enjoy.

Le voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) – 1902

The Vanishing Lady – 1896

The Devil’s Castle – 1896

The Haunted Castle -1897

The Astronomers Dream – 1898

The Magician – 1898

Cinderella – 1899

Jupiter’s Thunderballs – 1903

The Infernal Cakewalk – 1903

The Infernal Cauldron – 1903

Le Monstre – 1903

The Mermaid

An Impossible Voyage – 1904

The Living Playing Cards – 1905

The Merry Frolics of Satan – 1906

Cinderella – 1912

*A Trip To Mars – 1910 Thomas Edison

You may have recognized the inspiration for the Smashing Pumpkins video, Tonight, Tonight.

Got a favorite? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the collection.
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