Continuing to wend my way through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Greatest Movies of All Time. This week, it’s #178 on the list,. For a longer introduction to this series and a look at the full list, just click here. And if you want a heads-up on what I’ll be watching for next week in case you want to watch along, just head on over to the Facebook page or follow me on Twitter (both of those links are in the sidebar) where I’ll generally be posting that info later in the day.
Is it possible that George Melies’s A Trip To The Moon (or to use it’s French title, Le Voyage dans la lune) is the most well known of all the silent-era films? It certainly contains one of the most well known and iconic screen shots of all time, but it also goes far beyond just that rocket in the eyeball image. As a matter of fact, that may not even be the oddest sequence in the film.
What is also amazing is that this 112-year-old film is still available to us in so many different formats and places. Rather than a simple preview today, I’ve chosen to go ahead and embed just one of those versions below. If you’ve never actually watched the entire film (it’s only around 13 minutes long) I highly encourage you to take the time to do so.
After all, you don’t want to make the man in the moon cry again, now do you?
So what are your thoughts on A Trip To The Moon? Is it a movie that you’ve seen or would like to? If you have seen it, is it one that would make your own Top 10 list? Or would it not even crack your Top 250? Let me know below.