Thursday, 27 September 2012

George Melies - Voyage to The Moon (1902)

"Voyage to the Moon" is a 1902 film by George Melies based on two different novels:
"From The Earth to The Moon" by Jules Verne (1865),
"The First Men In The Moon" by H.G.Wells (1901).

This film expresses an imagination that wasn't thought of plausibly until the late 50's which puts it in the sci-fi genre but with hints of fantasy and comedy. It has obvious elements of slapstick style comedy when objects fall, and on the moon when they encounter the, for what of a better word, "aliens" and the way they explode when they get hit with a simple stick. This is also a good example of the stop motion used because it is almost seamless transitions as the "aliens" disappear. For the early 1900s this type of technology is used sparingly for good effect.

The version of the film being reviewed is with the score remastered by Don Meyers. Meyers has used a full orchestra to create this vast score that not only complements the "epic" story line, but connects with the audience to give them the sense of being with the astronomers on their expedition.This film restores faith in people as the main character expresses his dream and his passion to his colleges and when they laugh and ridicule him, he has the courage to go out and achieve his dream. 

Melies being the pioneer he was, producing over 500 films, set the bar for new directors/producers making their way into the industry. He has been an inspiration to many new artists, including Martin Scorsese who loosely based his 2011 film "Hugo" about Melies.


  1. Hey Dhuran,

    Well done for breaking the ice in regards to getting review out there for all to see. However - there's some work to be done in regards to the academic integrity of your writing.

    No ones going to give you too hard a time about in these very very early days... Except me, because I'm like that! :-D I'm joking of course, but there are some rules which you MUST follow

    Firstly and most importantly you need to bring in third party quotes and references, from published sources to drive and validate the thing you want to say about Meiles film. You should research and find these quotes BEFORE you start writing anything. This will give you an alternative opinion to your own which you can either argue for or against. This is a fundamental rule of written content at a university.

    Secondly, you need to correctly reference your sources using the Harvard method. This is your evidence to prove you haven't just copied someone elses words. Specific examples of how to do this are on the UCA website.

    Thirdly, images from the film you can use to make an argument are also very helpful. Images also make the review much more pleasing to read, if there's something visual a reader can relate back to.

    Phil has included a number guides and tips to succeeding in academic writing, so make sure to look at those again before starting your next film review.

    looking forward to Caligari!

  2. Hey thanks for the comment, this is what confused me because when everyone was talking about quotes, I was under the impression it was quotes from the film, now as this is a silent film I didn't do that for that reason. I'll take this and hopefull make my next review much better, thanks!

  3. Hey Dhuran - indeed - well done on publishing your first review - but Tom is right - you need to actually participate with the directives on the brief in regard to academic writing - I've pasted below the instructions on your brief:

    "Reviews of the ‘Space Oddities’ Film programme. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published sources5 + poster art + supporting stills. Please note - Harvard Method must be used for all quotations and all illustrations to be referenced correctly.Reviews are to include bibliography and illustration list."

    Now - you maybe unfamiliar with this kind of writing - and may not know what the 'Harvard Method' is - but there are footnoted links on your actual brief put there to help new students figure these questions out for themselves - take a closer look at what the challenge of this aspect of your creative work is asking you to experience - so, when you come to structure your Caligari review - take on board Tom's advice, and revisit your brief and USE all the resources set up for your benefit via myUCA. Onwards, Dhuran, onwards! :)

  4. Dhuran - check this out - a really good example of an 'academic', evidence-based film review making good use of quotes from published sources...