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July 30, 2016

The First Science Fiction Film in Cinematic History (1902)

From Public Domain Review:


"Le Voyage Dans la Lune" ("A Trip to the Moon"; 1902) is perhaps George Méliès' most famous film, and is considered to be the first science fiction film in cinematic history.

The 12-minute film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the moon's surface, escape from an underground group of native moon inhabitants (known as Selenites), and return to Earth with one of them as captive.

While at once a spoof of more serious science fiction, the film can also be seen as a comment on France's colonial exploits (it was at the time the world's second largest colonial power).

Méliès himself plays, as was his wont, the main role of the wonderfully named Professor Barbenfouillis.

When asked in 1930, Méliès cited Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Around the Moon" as the main influences on the film, but cinema historians have also mentioned the influence of Adolphe Dennery's stage adaption of Verne, and also H. G. Wells's "The First Men on the Moon," a French translation of which was published only a few months before Méliès made his film.

Jacques Offenbach's operetta "Le Voyage Dans la Lune," (an unauthorized parody of Verne's novels), and also the "A Trip to the Moon" attraction at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, have also been talked of as having been possible inspirations.


I got to wondering, as I put this post together, how many people — if any — have discovered an Easter egg sort of thing I've been slipping into my posts for I don't know how many years now.

Since no one has ever alluded to it I'm gonna reveal it to the world right here right now.

More often than not, when I link to a person's name (see first sentence of this post, for example), I use two different links — one for the first name, one for the second. 

I'm betting an overwhelming majority of readers — if not all — think that, like most normal name links, both go to the same place.

Or they don't even notice that there are two links and that there's an unlinked space in between.

Well, I never claimed to be normal....

July 30, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Stealth Cantilever Cooking Utensils

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.31.03 PM





Spoon: $14.95 apiece.

Set of both: $24.95.

July 30, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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