I usually have a rule that a film must be at least 5 minutes long before I am willing to review it, but after recently watching Hugo (2011), I’ve decided to make an exception for the short films of Georges Melies because they are responsible for creating some of the most amazing early movie making tricks.
Brief Synopsis – An astronomer thinking about traveling to the moon falls asleep and dreams about such wondrous things.
My Take on it – This is another great short film by Melies because he is able to expand his own imagination and show it to us visually.
Usually, when people wished to fantasize, they were required to just close their eyes and dream, but that didn’t allow for others to also experience that same vision.
When they began making movies in the mid 1890’s, that all changed because people could now see anything their minds could imagine.
This film is able to show us the vast reaches of the imagination that the medium of film is capable of.
It might feel now that this idea is taken for granted, but it is not true at all for the way people thought nearly 120 years ago.
We truly need to all be extremely grateful for the ideas that Melies visualized for us all those years ago.
Here is the video on YouTube
Bottom Line – Once again, Melies is able to take images that people needed to use their imagination to see and present them to the world via the new medium of movies. He was able to show the unlimited possibilities of the movies and we all need to be grateful for all he was able to do. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When this film was imported into the United States by producer Sigmund Lubin in 1899 he re-titled it A Trip to the Moon. However this has no relation to the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon. The original translated title is “The Astronomer’s Dream” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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