A Cinematic Ground Breaker

Le Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon, 1902) is perhaps director Georges Méliès‘ most famous film, and is considered to be the first science fiction film in cinematic history. The 12-minute film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon’s surface, escape from an underground group of native Selenites and return to Earth with one of them as captive. The film’s unusual length for the time, lavish production values, innovative special effects and emphasis on storytelling were markedly influential on other filmmakers and ultimately on the development of narrative film as a whole.