Le Voyage dans la lune (1902)

France,
8m (at 25 fps), 14m (at 16 fps), 637 feet/194 metres
35mm film, hand coloured black and white, 1.33:1
silent
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A French film directed by Georges Méliès. Although neither book is credited, it is the first screen adaptation of both by Jules Verne and First Men in by H.G. Wells. A pirated version of the film was released in the USA by Lubin under the title A Trip to Mars.

Plot Summary

A group of fly to the moon where they encounter .

Credits

Crew
Director: Georges Méliès
Star Film
Based on the novels De la terre à la lune by Jules Verne [uncredited] and by H.G. Wells [uncredited]
Photography: Lucien Tainguy
1995 Music Score: Octavio Vázquez
Costume Designer: Jeanne d'Alcy
Art Director: Claudel [uncredited]

Cast
Georges Méliès (Prof. Barbenfouillis)
Bleuette Bernon (woman in the moon)
Farjaut, Kelm, Brunnet (astronomers)
Henri Delannoy (captain)
Jeanne d'Alcy
Depierre
Victor André
dancers from the Théatre du Chatelet
acrobats from the Folies Bergères

Alternative Titles

Cesta na Mesíc – Czechoslovakia
Een avontuur bij de maan – Netherlands
Matka kuuhun – Finland
Op reis naar de maan – Netherlands (alternative)
Podróz na ksiezyc – Poland
Die Reise zum Mond – Germany
Reisen til månen – Norway
A Trip to Mars – USA (copyright)
A Trip to the Moon – English language title
Utazás a Holdba – Hungary
Viagem à Lua – Brazil
Viaggio nella Luna – Italy
Viaje a la luna – Spain
Voyage to the Moon

Extracts included in
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction: Space (2014)

References

Periodicals

  • L'Avant-Scène du Cinéma no.334 (November 1984) pp.29-37 – illustrated script
  • Les Cahiers de la Cinémathèque no.35/36 (October 1982) pp.160-165 – article
  • Camera Magazin no.2 (December 2000) pp.39-42 – illustrated article (Das ist ein Trick oder: Dinosaurier frisst Auto by Gert Stallmann)
  • Empire no.237 (March 2009) pp.122-127 – illustrated article (1902: a space odyssey by Simon Braund)
  • Filmfax no.49 (March/April 1995) pp.35-43 – illustrated article (Silent space by Ron Miller)
  • L'Incroyable Cinema vol.1 no.1 (January 1969) pp.18-23 – illustrated article (The silent fantasies by Roger Keightly)
  • Infinity no.32 (2021) p.38 – illustrated review (Infinity reviews by AvB [Anton van Beek])

Books

  • Artificially Arranged Scenes: The of Georges Méliès by John Frazer pp.95-99 – illustrated notes
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.23
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 by Barry Keith Grant pp.189-190
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.11 – note
  • Fantastic Films of the Decades Volume 1: The Silent Era by Wayne Kinsey p.6 – illustrated article
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.70
  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard pp.15-16 – illustrated credits, review
  • Jules Verne on Film by Thomas C. Renzi p.67
  • by Walt Lee p.503 – credits
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.46
  • Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical Guide to 646 Movies by Robert K. Klepper pp.22-23 – illustrated credits, review
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.179

Other Sources

  • Film Society Programmes no.35 (5 January 1930) – note