The Astronomer's Dream
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|The Astronomer's Dream|
|Directed by||Georges Méliès|
The Astronomer's Dream (French: Le Reve D'un Astronome, original title: La lune à un mètre a.k.a. The Moon at One Meter) (Star Film Catalogue no. 160-162) is an 1898 French short black-and-white silent film, directed by Georges Méliès.
In the observatory, the astronomer is studying at his desk. Satan appears, then a woman appears and makes Satan vanish. Then she disappears. The astronomer draws a globe on a blackboard. The globe develops a sun-like head and limbs and starts to move on the blackboard. The astronomer looks through a small telescope.
The moon appears in a building as a large face. It has eaten the astronomer's telescope. Men tumble from its mouth. Then the moon is in the sky. The astronomer, in different dress, stands on a table, which disappears. He falls.
The moon becomes a crescent. A spirit, in the form of a lady, appears from it. The astronomer chases her, but she eludes him.
Now another figure stands in the crescent of the moon, before reclining into its C shape.
The moon appears as a large face again, and the astronomer jumps into its mouth. a woman and Satan appears. The astronomer appears again. Then, in the observatory, the astronomer is sitting asleep in his chair.
The film was hand colored like many of Méliès' other films.
Given its age, this short film is available to freely download from the Internet.
- Horror in Silent Film: A Filmography, 1896-1929. p. 11.
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