Gugusse et l’automate (1897)

France,
20 meters, 65 feet
35mm film, black and white
silent

A French science fiction film directed by Georges Méliès. Douglas Menville and R. Reginald have made the claim that this was the first film to feature and the first science fiction film. 1Things to Come: An Illustrated History of the Science Fiction Film p.3 It is believed to be a lost film.

Plot Summary

A clown is startled by the appearance of an automaton.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Star-Film

Alternative Titles

The Clown and the Automaton
Gugusse and the Automaton

References

Books

  • Artificially Arranged Scenes: The Films of Georges Méliès by John Frazer p.244 – note
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.19 – credits, note
  • Fighting Robots: A Guide to Radio-Controlled Combatants by Michael Benson p.15 – note
  • Marvellous Méliès by Paul Hammond p.137 – note
  • by Walt Lee p.178 – credits
  • Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction by Keith M. Johnston p.55 – note
  • Things to Come: An Illustrated History of the Science Fiction Film by Douglas Menville and R. Reginald p.3 – note