Sunday, March 7, 2010

#193: A Trip to the Moon

1902, TSPDT Rank #449

The earliest film on the list, A Trip to the Moon is definitely one of cinema's great milestones. It signaled a new direction for the film medium; a pioneer in narrative, style, and special effects. At a time when most directors were still filming simple one-shot scenes or "actualities," Melies pointed his camera at the moon, telling a detailed (for the time) and fantastic tale of scientists who fly to the moon in a cannon and eventually run into the tribe living there in an underground cavern. This must have blew minds back in the day! In my opinion, Georges Melies was the first really "important" director of films.

(Rating: 8/10)

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