SHOOT FOR THE MOON
Clocking a little more than ten minutes, “A Trip to the Moon” – a French feature made back in 1902 (!) – tells the story of wizardy astronomers who hop on a large bullet, which is then shot to the moon. I know – the premise is a little absurd. The modern viewer in me can’t help but groan – “Oh boy, that was cheesy.” My science brain rolled my eyes and scoffed, “Impossible! Not gonna happen in a million years.”
But even so, the movie lover in me enjoyed the lunacy of it all. It has a go-for-broke imagination and like big budget movies these days, overindulges in special effects. Well, maybe not-so-special effects by today’s standards. But for a film more than a century old, its gung-ho spirit still lives on. It has set the course for cinema’s love affair with the impossible. So what if aliens could be snuffed out with a simple whack of an umbrella. When the moon gets hit in the eye, well, it’s amore.
Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Jeanne d’Alcy, and Henri Delannoy
Based on the novels
“From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne
“The First Men in the Moon” by H. G. Wells