A Trip to the Moon

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A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 black-and-white French science fiction film based around (surprise!) six Frenchmen going to the moon. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.

The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès.

Notable for being one of the Ur Examples of science fiction film and associated tropes, and for its innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon's eye.

Plays a key role in the Brian Selznick children's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and its Martin Scorsese-directed film adaptation Hugo.

Can be seen in its entirety on YouTube.

Tropes used in A Trip to the Moon include: