Georges Méliès

July 9, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Have you ever seen the films of Georges Méliès? Yes, you have. He is probably best known for A Trip to the Moon, which in turn was the inspiration for The Smashing Pumpkin’s “Tonight, Tonight” music video.

Ouch.

His films are great. There is a terrific Wikipedia article here, but the short story is that he was the first to use trick photography such as stop motion and double exposure in his films for special effect. His films (most of which are over 100 years old) are fun to watch today, and they have a great unpretentious zaniness to them.

Netflix, the wonderful wonder, has these classic films collected on DVDs that are usually 30 bucks or so. And of course you could never find these at Blockbuster! I ordered up a ton.

On the other hand, if you are just mildly curious, you can just watch them on YouTube. Here is “A Trip To The Moon.”

The DVDs have restored prints and it is much, much clearer. I also ordered some DzigaVertov films, because I have only seen Man With a Movie Camera (one of my favorite movies!)

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Entry filed under: General Blabbing, Movies, Netflix, Youtube.

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