Art/Roots Films

Le voyage dans la lune – 1902 – Georges Méliès – In Color

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This is not a “colorized” version of this seminal little film. Via Wiki:

Like many of Méliès’s films, A Trip to the Moon was sold in both black-and-white and hand-colored versions. A hand-colored print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, but a frame-by-frame restoration was launched in 1999 and completed in 2010 at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles — and after West Wing Digital Studios matched the original hand tinting by colorizing the damaged areas of the newly restored black and white. The restored version finally premiered on 11 May 2011, eighteen years after its discovery and 109 years after its original release, at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with a new soundtrack by the French band Air.[3] It was released by Flicker Alley as a 2-disc Blu-Ray/DVD edition, also including the documentary The Extraordinary Voyageabout its restoration on 10 April 2012.[4]

Also: The Lost Ending—

“Lost” ending

The final sequence depicts a celebratory parade in honor of the travelers’ return, including the unveiling of a commemorative statue.[1] This ending sequence was considered lost until 2002, when a well preserved complete print was discovered in a barn in France. The extended version was screened at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 2003, and the sequence was included and restored in full for the 2012 Blu-Ray edition of the film.

There’s actually much of interest on that damn wiki page, including a chat w/ Scorcese, and more. Enjoy. Happy Saturday. And cheers to feuilleton.


One reply on “Le voyage dans la lune – 1902 – Georges Méliès – In Color”

I order you to stop being so awesome right now. No, wait. Opposite of that. Carry on. I can’t believe how excited I am about clicking play right…now

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