Wilmington on DVDs. A Trip to the Moon; Melies, First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913) « Movie City News | Mad Cornish Projectionist News | Scoop.it

A Trip to the Moon was made by Georges Méliès in 1902 (just seven years after the Lumiere Brothers introduced the movies in Paris in 1895), and it was really the first real masterpiece of the young art of the cinema. It’s also a movie I love, and I’m not alone. Méliès’ Trip was a scintillating gem of film fantasy and science fiction, of ingenious special effects and playful wit, and it struck right into the hearts and minds of its first astonished audiences — penetrating their imaginations just as violently and memorably as moviemaker Georges Méliès’ rocket ship crashes into the eye of a startled man in the moon in the opening minutes of Méliès’ kooky classic: one of the best known images in all of cinema.