The movie from earth to moon and back

From Earth to Moon and back: Georges Méliès 1902 science fiction film, “ A Trip to the Moon” (French: Le Voyage dans la lune is a typical 20th century movie. The mood of the movie is quite similar to old Charlie Chaplin movies who never said a word, and yet entertained us. Likewise, the movie depicts the old classical style of cinematography in that there are neither dialogues nor commentary, and the movement of people and things is quite fast. The theme and idea of the movie is fairly unique in nature. Very few or probably no movie has been made on this achievement of science but this movie. If someone is looking for a big entertainment in the classical style, Georges Méliès 1902 science fiction film, “ A Trip to the Moon” is certainly the most appropriate option.
The movie is based on a group of astronauts who went on the moon. The clip of movie is available online at You tube the link to which is mentioned at the end. It starts with the scene of a hall filled with several astronauts wearing wizard-like gowns and long pointed hats. Their leader shows them how they can make a trip to the moon by drawing a picture on the blackboard which shows a shuttle moving toward the moon from the earth. The idea gains appreciation and they immediately put on their astronauts’ uniform. They fill in the shuttle and a group of young and beautiful lasses closes the shuttle, and the shuttle is thrown toward the space with a power gun. The moon shows a man’s face who seems angry to see the approaching shuttle, and to his dismay, the shuttle hits him in the eye.
(Hickinbottom, 2009).
Astronauts come out of the shuttle. Tired after a long journey, they cover themselves with their gowns and sleep at a calm place on the moon. The movie shows human faced-stars and planets watch the group of sleeping astronauts and wonder. The queen of the moon appears sitting on a crescent and she calls for the snowfall.
(Lewinski, 2009).
The snowfall wakes the astronauts up who seek refuge in a cave. The cave grows a lot of mushrooms. One of the astronauts stands his umbrella on the moon floor and to his wonder, the umbrella grows into a big mushroom. Then the story gains an action theme. A moon alien appears from somewhere and tries to scare away the astronauts who beat him dead. He vanishes in the air like smoke. After that, more and more moon-aliens emerge and attack the astronauts. They overpower the astronauts and take them to the king alien. The rest of the astronauts run their way back to the shuttle, while a lot of moon-aliens chase them holding arrows to kill them. One of the aliens jumps upon the shuttle to curse the astronauts and is taken with them to land in water. The shuttle first sinks and then starts floating. And then the movie ends. The concept is undoubtedly very nicely video-graphed. It seems like a fairy tale has been picturised. It is an evergreen product and that is why, it is still equally famous as it had been when released.
References:
Hickinbottom, J. (2009). “ The Films of Georges Méliès”. Spectacular attractions – Film in all its forms. Retrieved April 13, 2010, from http://drnorth. wordpress. com/2009/11/21/ the-films-of-georges-melies/.
Lewinski, J. S., (2009). “ Sept. 1, 1902: Early Sci-Fi Flick Sticks It to the Moon”. Retrieved April 13, 2010, from http://www. wired. com/thisdayintech/2009/08/0901scifi-trip-moon/.
www. youtube. com, (2010). “ George Mélies – A Trip to the Moon (1902)”. Retrieved April 13, 2010, from http://www. youtube. com/watch? v= lXl9Mc43zcY.