<em>Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)</em>. 1902. France. Directed by Georges Méliès. Photo courtesy Lobster Films, Groupama-Gan Foundation, Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage
  • A Trip to the Moon

    1902. France. Georges Méliès. 16 min.

  • The Extraordinary Voyage

    2011. France. Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange. 60 min.

Introduced by Séverine Wemaere (Technicolor Foundation), Gilles Duval (Groupama Gan Fondation), Serge Bromberg (Lobster Films)

Friday, November 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • A Trip to the Moon

    1902. France. Directed by Georges Méliès. With Méliès, Henri Delannoy, Bleuette Bernon, François Lallement. A landmark event: the hand-painted color version of Méliès’s legendary A Trip to the Moon, unseen for 109 years until its glorious new restoration by Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Fondation for Cinema, and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage. In the first outer-space adventure in the history of cinema, six members of the Astronomers' Club set off on an expedition to the moon, encounter the Selenites and flee their King, and return home to a triumphant parade. A Trip to the Moon will be screened twice after the documentary: first with a new soundtrack by the French band Air, and then again with piano accompaniment by Serge Bromberg. Silent. 16 min.

  • The Extraordinary Voyage

    2011. France. Directed by Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange. With Costa Gavras, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Michel Hazanavicius. Cinema’s most unforgettable image is perhaps that of the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. The magical Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Hugo, was the creator of that image, and his Trip to the Moon thrilled audiences in 1902. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive restorations in film history, A Trip to the Moon can thrill audiences once again in color. This fascinating documentary charts the film’s voyage across the century and into the next millennium, from the fantastical Méliès’s production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Interviews with some of contemporary cinema’s most imaginative filmmakers attest to Méliès’ enduring significance. Silent. 60 min.