Thursday Night Movie: Le Voyage Dans La Lune (IFM-June 21)

Cinema’s most unforgettable image is perhaps that of the man in the moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. The magical Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, was the creator of that image, and his A Trip to the Moon thrilled audiences in 1902.

A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a black-and-white silent science fiction film. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon and H. G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon. It is the first known science fiction film.

In the first outer-space adventure in the history of cinema, six members of the Astronomers’ Club set off on an expedition to the moon, encounter the Selenites, flee their King, and return home to a triumphant parade.

The movie will be preceded by preceded by THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE a fascinating documentary chronicling the restoration of Melies’
A Trip to the Moon to its original 1902 colors. Film archivists Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange acquired a damaged print in 1999, digitized the film and waited eight years for the technology to become available to access those digitized images.

documentary charts Moon’s voyage from the fantastical Méliès’ production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a color nitrate print in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We had 6 people show up, which is a great attendance. The documentary before the movie was great and very informative. We saw about 11 movies in total (most were so early in the movie process, they were about 1 minute long). The documentary showed so much about the restoration process of the movie (Le Voyage Dans...)

    After we talked about many things movies and meetup for a while. I was drunk assaulted by a pretty but inebriated female on a dare. No harm done, but she might need to go home, take two aspirin, clear her head and rethink life.

    In all a good time. Can't wait for the next show.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting documentary. Thank you, hosts!

    June 22, 2012

  • Alex S

    Le film était bon.

    June 21, 2012

  • Alex S

    "digitized the film and waited eight years for the technology to become available to access those digitized images."??? I don't get it.

    June 21, 2012

  • Shar

    Hi All! This is my first time with this group and looking forward to meeting you all! :)
    Where should I spot you guys?

    June 20, 2012

  • Victoria B.

    I've recently moved to the Stamford area and I'm looking forward to movie nights at the Avon Theatre!

    June 19, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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