Sunday, January 29, 2012

To Da Moon

Perhaps you've heard of this crazy French silent movie from 1902 Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To the Moon) that is considered the first science fiction movie made. The hand colored versions by its creator were thought to be lost until a version was found in Spain in the 1990s. There is an excellent story about the film and the new soundtrack over at NPR. You can see it here

The film looks to be both completely antique (much closer to vaudeville than what a modern audience would think of as a movie) and totally psychodelica, trippin' like a thousand screaming monkeys. Apropriately, the soundtrack was produced by a groovy French band called Air, who I like but have never paid much attention to. Now, I've decided I need this soundtrack. Groove on.


  1. Clips from this film, and others by Melies, figure prominently in Hugo, and it's awesome to see them on the big screen.

  2. And Air are one of my favorites!

  3. You spent the day colorin' this? Nicely done and only a little outside the lines.

    I have Air on my music box. It's good ambient for driving and going to bed.

  4. this was de rigueur in film
    school and it was/is a hoot!

  5. Now I feel like I'm on X.....

    Could someone get me a bottle of water!

  6. will i ever ever ever be as groovy as you? say yes

  7. I seen the original b&w but never this particular genius version. I may steal it.


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