Almost 110 years since it was made, we’ve been looking back at some of the earliest moving pictures, including A Trip to the Moon, widely held as the first science fiction film.
Of course, it was silent film originally, shown here with an English voiceover.
The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon’s eye.
A Trip to the Moon is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.
It was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranking in at #84.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYRemE9Oeso]