The next movie we're watching is A Trip to the Moon (or Le Voyage dans la lune, if you're of the French persuasion), a 1902 science fiction film by Georges Melies. This is the oldest movie on our list by far, and it's sort of Point A in film history. The old girl scores #465 on our list.
A bunch of astronomers who look like they belong at Hogwarts are having a meeting, when the president (apparently there is a governing body of astronomers) presents his cockamamie scheme to fly to the moon. There is some polite dissent.
Wait...the shell had to be shot from a cannon to make it all the way to the moon, but now all it has to do is fall off a cliff and it will fly to Earth? And the president survives by hanging on to a rope suspended from the shell?
I don't know...I'm beginning to think that this movie is employing questionable logic.
- Why is the vessel being pushed into the cannon by a line of chorus girls? I guess even in 1902 filmmakers could help but pander to the lowest common denominator.
- I love the shot of the Man in the Moon all pissed off because the ship hit him in the eye. Genius.
- I also love how the astronomers are treating this expedition pretty much like a mildly interesting camping trip. They land on the moon...and then they just pull out some sleeping bags and look up at the stars. I feel like getting shot out of a cannon and landing on the moon is kind of a big deal...apparently the astronomers are being all cool and casual about it to impress the ladies.
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