Georges Méliès

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Georges Méliès, full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. One of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, tracking shots, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his work, Méliès pioneered effects that would define cinematic special effects for decades to come.  A prolific innovator in the use of special effects, Méliès accidentally discovered the substitution stop trick in 1896, a method of creating seamless disappearing and/or appearing effects used throughout both films and television for decades to come.  Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality through cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the first "Cinemagician". Two of his best-known films are A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904). Both stories involve strange, surreal voyages, somewhat in the style of Jules Verne, and are considered among the most important early science fiction films, though their approach is closer to fantasy. Méliès was also an early pioneer of horror cinema, which can be traced back to his Le Manoir du diable (1896).   In early 1909 Méliès stopped making films to protest Thomas Edison's Motion Pictures Parents Company monopoly, and presided over the first meeting of the International Filmmakers Congress in Paris.  Further financial hardships created by his opposition to Edison and diminishing influence, Méliès disappeared from public life. By the mid-1920s he made a meager living as a candy and toy salesma in Paris, with the assistance of funds collected by other filmmakers.  Although he was recognized for his contributions in cinema, Méliès spent most of his later years in poverty before being accepted into La Maison du Retraite du Cinéma, the film industry's retirement home in Orly.  

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A Trip to the Moon Trailer (1902)

01 September 1902

A Trip to The Moon is a science fiction film from the French film pioneer Georges Méliès from the year 1902 about a trip to the moon.

The Magic Lantern Trailer (1903)

01 January 1903

Two impish clowns construct a magic lantern. They prop it up at an angle, and use it to project pictures onto a wall.

A Moonlight Serenade Trailer (1904)

22 April 1904

Pierrot goes to the house of his love to serenade her, but her father kicks him out. Soon the moon and its goddess Diana come towards the man and offers him something better.

Les Bulles de savon vivantes Trailer (1906)

23 May 1906

Melies the magician does tricks.

Jack le ramoneur Trailer (1906)

23 May 1906

Jack is taken on a sea-snail to the lair of a fairy, who magically turns him into a prince. He thoroughly enjoys the dancing and fawning of the court.

Cinderella or The Glass Slipper Trailer (1912)

01 November 1912

Georges Méliès's first attempt at Cinderella was in 1899. That film was extraordinary then for having multiple scenes and a semblance of a narrative; additionally, the use of dissolves as transitions in it influenced other filmmakers for years to do the same.

The Tramp and the Mattress Makers Trailer (1906)

23 May 1906

A bum accidentally gets himself sewn up inside a mattress.

The Magic Dice Trailer (1905)

11 November 1905

Another magic short of Méliès.

The Melomaniac Trailer (1903)

15 August 1903

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Playing Cards Trailer (1896)

01 January 1896

Three friends are playing cards in a beer garden. One of them orders drinks. The waitress comes back with a bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray.

Joan of Arc Trailer (1900)

06 August 1900

A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

L'hôtel des voyageurs de commerce Trailer (1906)

23 May 1906

The staff of an inn play a cruel trick on a guest.

The Dreyfus Affair Trailer (1899)

04 November 1899

The first movie ever censored for political reasons. The title refers to a historical event in France decades earlier in which a Jewish military officer was discharged for bribery, and it was alleged that he was framed due to anti-semitism.

The Haunted Castle Trailer (1896)

24 December 1896

A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one of which brandishes a crucifix in an effort to force the devil-vampire to vanish.

Bluebeard Trailer (1901)

01 January 1901

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

The Impossible Voyage Trailer (1904)

01 October 1904

Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

A Desperate Crime Trailer (1906)

01 January 1906

A man is murdered and the killer brought to justice by guillotine. This film is partly lost.

The Christmas Dream Trailer (1900)

08 August 1900

The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home.

Cinderella Trailer (1899)

01 October 1899

A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?

The Haunted Castle Trailer (1897)

01 January 1897

A man has an encounter with several spooky apparitions in a castle that is evidently owned by the Devil.

The Devilish Tenant Trailer (1909)

01 January 1909

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

In the Bogie Man's Cave Trailer (1907)

01 January 1907

The Bogie Man's cave is one of the many triumphs of set design for Georges Méliès. More unusual for the pioneering French director is the grisly turn when the monster chops up his servant for a steaming pot of stew.

The Kingdom of Fairies Trailer (1903)

31 August 1903

At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears.

Le Papillon Fantastique Trailer (1909)

01 January 1909

Surviving fragment of a longer film. A magician makes a butterfly woman appear, and a woman in a star.

Gulliver's Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants Trailer (1902)

01 January 1902

Georges Méliès' adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" is most distinguished, today, for being a color film of the classic story.

Apparitions Trailer (1903)

16 October 1903

Alone in his room at an inn, a lustful old man is haunted by spirits.

The Gigantic Devil Trailer (1901)

01 January 1901

At the beginning of the scene Romeo in his gondola sings to Juliet a sentimental song, then goes away.

The Rajah's Dream or The Bewitched Wood Trailer (1900)

01 January 1900

The picture opens with the Sultan lying down to rest on his luxurious cushioned couch. The scene changes to the grounds around the palace.

Marvellous Egg Production Trailer (1902)

01 January 1902

“This is an absolutely new and extraordinary subject. A juggler takes in succession about a dozen eggs out of his servant's mouth.

The Four Troublesome Heads Trailer (1898)

01 January 1898

One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place.

Jupiter's Thunderballs Trailer (1903)

07 November 1903

With godly entrapments, Zeus appears on the horizon, engages Hermes as an audience, and tries to throw some thunderbolts.

The Terrible Eruption of Mount Pelee and Destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique Trailer (1902)

23 October 1902

This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity.

A Terrible Night Trailer (1896)

01 January 1896

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

The Pillar of Fire Trailer (1899)

01 January 1899

A devil wearing bat-like wings and brandishing a trident dances around a giant pot, conjuring forth flame from his trident to lit a fire beneath the pot.

The Oracle of Delphi Trailer (1903)

14 August 1903

A box of valued jewels is placed inside the tomb of Delphi. A thief breaks into the tomb and steals it, but soon the ghost of Delphi appears and puts a curse on him.

An Adventurous Automobile Trip Trailer (1905)

19 August 1905

A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there.

Between Calais and Dover Trailer (1897)

01 January 1897

A rocky sea voyage as reenacted by Georges Méliès.

Excelsior! Trailer (1901)

01 January 1901

A magician does tricks with the aid of his assistant, the Human Pump.

Adventures of William Tell Trailer (1898)

01 January 1898

A sculptor's sculpture of William Tell comes to life.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Trailer (1907)

01 January 1907

The film, a parody of the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, follows a fisherman, Yves, who dreams of traveling by submarine to the bottom of the ocean, where he encounters both realistic and fanciful sea creatures, including a chorus of naiads played by dancers from the Théâtre du Châtelet.

A Trip to the Moon Trailer (1917)

01 January 1917

Happy speaks with someone in the park and takes a trip to the moon on a rocket that looks like the front half of a current racing car, where he is made king of the moon.

The Man with the Rubber Head Trailer (1901)

01 January 1901

A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might.

Buncoed Stage Johnnie Trailer (1908)

23 May 1908

This Georges Melies film is one of several to appear in only a fragment form. The film opens up with a title card explaining what happens in the missing parts of the movie.

A Fantastical Meal Trailer (1900)

01 January 1900

A family sits down to enjoy a meal that ends up being fraught with complications.

A Miracle Under the Inquisition Trailer (1904)

26 March 1904

An inquisitor and two of his henchmen burn a woman at the stake. An angel intervenes.

The Inn Where No Man Rests Trailer (1903)

01 January 1903

A traveller is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself.

The Mermaid Trailer (1904)

01 January 1904

A man performs tricks with an aquarium and a mermaid

The Merry Frolics of Satan Trailer (1906)

01 January 1906

Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to Hell and roasts him on a spit.

Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship Trailer (1906)

01 January 1906

An inventor dreams that his newly designed airship takes flight.

A Nightmare Trailer (1896)

01 January 1896

A man has a fantastical nightmare involving, among other things, a grinning malevolent moon.

An Impossible Balancing Feat Trailer (1902)

01 January 1902

A magician along with three doppelgangers perform an elaborate balancing act.

Summoning the Spirits Trailer (1899)

20 May 1899

A bearded man hangs up a wreath and, like any good magician, waves his hands inside of it and under

The Drawing Lesson Trailer (1903)

01 January 1903

In a corner of the garden we see an ornamental fountain. An old professor comes along, looking for a nice spot where he can teach his pupils.

The Damnation of Faust Trailer (1898)

05 August 1898

The story of Faust. This short film is presumably lost.

Marvellous Wreath Trailer (1903)

12 June 1903

A magician performs tricks with a marvelous wreath.

Good Glue Sticks Trailer (1907)

01 January 1907

A peddler of "the best glue" sets up his outdoor stall. A crowd gathers for a demonstration. As he gives his pitch, two observant cops decide drive off his customers and close him down, much to his fury.

The Bachelor's Paradise Trailer (1901)

01 January 1901

A sorceress conjures up a bevy of beauties for a bachelor to peruse.

The Cook in Trouble Trailer (1904)

01 January 1904

A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen.

Sightseeing Through Whisky Trailer (1907)

01 November 1907

John, who loves the bottle a little too much, is one of a group of sightseers. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on the site of a ruin where he starts having hallucinations.

The Treasures of Satan Trailer (1902)

01 January 1902

The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth.