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In this early silent film by director Georges Melies, we see a part of the start of cinema. An Astronomer (Victor Andre) studies the moon and builds a rocket. With his invention he assigns a Captain (Henri Delannoy) who leads his crew on a voyage to a mysterious land.
This film is delightful from start to finish. Reading about its history, I see that originally a phonograph was played alongside this film with a narrator explaining what was going on. I don’t think you need narration as this film works just as well, if not better, without it. Really this trip is through a childlike imagination. It mystifies, is universal, and wastes no time meandering as we go through this magical journey. It’s an historical artifact demonstrating just how beautiful film could be from over 100 years ago.
Why you should watch it before you die: A film that’s perfect for anyone of any age or creed, this should not be passed up.
10+: A movie older than everyone alive that contains more imagination than every movie that’s come out since then (more or less)