Excursion to the Moon

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Excursion dans la lune
Экскурсия на Луну.jpg
Directed bySegundo de Chomón
Produced byFerdinand Zecca
Based onA Trip to the Moon
by Georges Méliès
Production
company
Release date
1908
Running time
180 meters[1]
CountryFrance
LanguageSilent

Excursion to the Moon (French: Excursion dans la lune) is a 1908 French silent film directed by Segundo de Chomón. The production was supervised by Ferdinand Zecca, designed by V. Lorant-Heilbronn, and released by Pathé Frères.[1] The film is an unauthorized remake, and an almost shot-by-shot copy, of Georges Méliès's 1902 film A Trip to the Moon.[2]

The film follows Méliès's scenario closely and includes many of its features, with some variations: for example, the Selenites are not vulnerable to umbrellas, but rather appear and disappear at will; the capsule lands inside the Man in the Moon's open mouth rather than hitting its eye; and the Selenite who returns to Earth is a "dancing moon-maiden" who is betrothed at the end of the film to one of the astronomers.[2] This film has occasionally been misidentified as a work by Méliès.[3]

Of the film's 180 meters, 72 were colorized[1] using a Pathé stencil process.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Centre d'études foréziennes (2000), Catalogue des films projetés à Saint-Étienne avant la première guerre mondiale, Université de Saint-Etienne, p. 103, ISBN 2862721824
  2. ^ a b c Solomon, Matthew (2011), "Introduction", in Solomon, Matthew (ed.), Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès's Trip to the Moon, Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 12–13, ISBN 9781438435817
  3. ^ Méliès, Georges (2010), Georges Méliès: Encore (DVD; short film collection), Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, ISBN 1893967565

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