The Extraordinary Georges Méliès: A Trip to the Moon + The Extraordinary Voyage, May 21-26 2012
“A landmark event: the hand-painted colour version of George Méliès’s legendary, A Trip to the Moon + The Extraordinary Voyage, unseen for 109 years until its glorious new restoration.
In the first outer-space adventure in the history of cinema, six members of the Astronomers’ Club set off on an expedition to the moon, encounter the Selenites and flee their King, and return home to a triumphant parade. A Trip to the Moon will be screened with a new soundtrack by the French band Air” (Museum of Modern Art, New York). Hand-tinted colour, Blu-ray Disc, silent with musical score. 16 mins. “Cinema’s most unforgettable image is perhaps that of the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. The magical Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Hugo, was the creator of that image, and his Trip to the Moon thrilled audiences in 1902. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive restorations in film history, A Trip to the Moon can thrill audiences once again in color. This fascinating documentary charts the film’s voyage across the century and into the next millennium, from the fantastical Méliès’s production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Interviews with some of contemporary cinema’s most imaginative filmmakers attest to Méliès’ enduring significance” (Museum of Modern Art, New York). Colour, Blu-ray Disc, in English and French with English subtitles. 60 mins. SHOWTIMES Monday, May 21, 2012 – 3:00pm Monday, May 21, 2012 – 4:30pm Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 7:00pm Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 8:30pm Friday, May 25, 2012 – 7:00pm Saturday, May 26, 2012 – 8:20pm