Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges by Matthew Solomon

By Matthew Solomon

An authoritative and accomplished consultant to cinema's first real blockbuster.

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"Best relocating images I ever saw." hence did one Vaudeville theater supervisor describe Georges Méliès's a visit to the Moon [Le Voyage dans los angeles lune], after it used to be screened for enthusiastic audiences in October 1902. Cinema's first actual blockbuster, a visit to the Moon nonetheless evokes such superlatives and remains to be commonly seen on DVD, on the net, and in numerous movie classes. In great Voyages of the Cinematic mind's eye, best movie students research Méliès's landmark movie intimately, demonstrating its many an important connections to literature, pop culture, and visible tradition of the time, in addition to its lengthy "afterlife" in additional fresh movies, tv, and tune movies. jointly, those essays clarify that Méliès used to be not just a huge filmmaker but additionally a key determine within the emergence of recent spectacle and the start of the trendy cinematic mind's eye, and by means of bringing interdisciplinary methodologies of early cinema stories to endure on a visit to the Moon, the participants additionally open up a lot greater questions about aesthetics, media, and modernity. In his creation, Matthew Solomon strains the convoluted provenance of the film's a number of models and its key position within the historiography of cinema, and an appendix includes a necessary file of primary-source files that contextualize the film's construction, in addition to translations of 2 significant articles written through George Méliès himself.

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2, 1929, Merritt Crawford Papers, reel 3. 23. Letter from Méliès to LeRoy, Jan. 30, 1930, Georges Méliès subject file, Film Department, Museum of Modern Art, New York. 24. Letter from Crawford to Méliès, June 12, 1931, Merritt Crawford Papers, reel 3. 25. Letter from Day to Crawford, June 8, 1931, quoted in letter from Crawford to Méliès, June 12, 1931, Merritt Crawford Papers, reel 3. 26 “Films Received from Jean LeRoy,” file A–5, Special Collections, Film Department, Museum of Modern Art. 27. Letter from Méliès to Crawford, July 3, 1931, Merritt Crawford Papers, reel 3.

The variety of topics in Méliès’s production catalog may remind one of an imaginary association of explorers in An Impossible Voyage (1904) called the Institute of Incoherent Geography. Méliès’s world might well be renamed the “Institute of Incoherent Cinematography,” yet the spirit of his cinema is ruled by a strong stylistic and ideological consistency. The Thousand Faces of Dr. Mabouloff Georges Méliès played the protagonist in most of his Star-Film productions until 1908. One of the first known examples of his performances is The 28 Paolo Cherchi Usai Vanishing Lady (1896), in which he plays the role of a conjuror.

From a given feeling to its extreme opposite. . I am therefore either a trickster or—if the audience realizes the trick being played—an illusionist. I mystify and I have at my disposal the most precious and the most amazing of magical machines which has ever in the history of the world fallen into the hands of a mountebank. 5 At the dawn of cinema, Méliès surely did not suffer Bergman’s moral conflict, but his films by their very construction always already point to their illusionary and “screen” existence.

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