Tuesday, December 18, 2007

More Melies, One Century On

I just can't seem to get enough of George Melies these days. In recognition of its centennial, I post perhaps my favorite of all of his films: The Eclipse - The Romance of the Moon and the Sun. Is it the first same sex romantic story ever committed to film? I'm not sure. But when the sun gets behind the moon, the expression on the face of the lunar star is, well, captivating.

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10 Comments:

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Andy's Crafts said...

I enjoyed the Movie lol!

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

It's a bit odd but sweet, I think. Thanks for visiting, Andy.

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

I watched Metropolis again recently. All I could think about as I watched it is how alien it seems. Not so much when I first saw the film, but now, in 2007 (almost '8) 1927 was a long time ago. People thought differently than they now do. These films are so exotic they might as well have been made on another planet.

Very cool to see this one again.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Reya - In my book this is ten times cooler, more creative and futuristic than those stupid Star Wars movies.

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

I thought this was a family site?
Filthy. Filthy moon.

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gavin - Not that I look at it that closely, but I think it's the Sun that's doing the naughty stuff and the moon's just...well, receiving.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger WAT said...

Stupid Star Wars films?! EEK! I cannot agree, but OTAY THEN!

Hey, wasn't Melies the one who also made that movie where they travel to the moon? Wasn't that the first officially recognized film ever? Man watching this now is really creepy. We take motion picture for granted. To think that they were once a novelty is pretty out there.

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

WAT - Sorry if I spoke to harshly about Star Wars. I just don't get them, or have never been able to stay awake through more than 10 minutes of them, but some of my best friends...However, I am on disc 4 of the Blade Runner reissue, and it's like religion to me.

Melies' Trip to the Moon was not the first film but certainly the first significant sci fi film.

 
At 5:01 AM, Blogger kimy said...

then the moon and sun part, each in search of a cigarette (it was perfectly acceptable back then)and out come the dancing stars! they just don't make romantic movies like they used to.... happy anniversary melies!

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Huntington said...

I wish I were a better lip reader, but when the sun slips behind him, it seems like the moon keeps exclaiming "fabulous, fabulous." But in French! I know exactly how that moon felt.

 

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