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01-03-2003, 05:54 PM
There's been much talk on this forum about silent films. I was wondering if anyone knew where I could download a copy of George Melies 1902 scifi "A Trip to the Moon"? I have been looking for it for some time, and have had no luck. It must be public domain, right? I don't even know of any copies for sale, but a download would be preferable, since I only want to see it once in it's entirety. I have see clips of it for years, but never the whole thing. Let me know if anyone has a link. Thank you.

01-03-2003, 06:12 PM
I'm not the person to talk to about downloading, but on DVD:

"Landmarks of Early Film (1894-1913)" and Kino's "THE MOVIES BEGIN vol. 1" both have it included as part of their compilations of early cinema. Both transfers are supposed to be comparable, although I have not seen the former.

I saw a new print of it this summer in Paris, presented in conjunction with an exhibit of Méliès costumes, puppets, and other hand constructed items. The film was presented by his great granddaughter. It was loads of fun!

01-03-2003, 07:15 PM
Thanks, Mario, I will look for those discs.

01-04-2003, 12:44 PM
I haven't seen it, but there's also "Melies the Magician" DVD that has, according to Amazon:

15 restored films (The Four Troublesome Heads 1898, A Trip to the Moon 1902, The Infernal Cakewalk 1903, The Scheming Gambler's Paradise 1905, The Music Lover 1903, The Infernal Boiling Pot 1903, The Man with the Rubber Head 1901, The Living Playing Cards 1904, Hilarious Posters 1905, The Devilish Tenant 1909, Untameable Whiskers 1904, Imperceptible Transmutations 1904, Bluebeard 1901, Fat and Lean Wrestling Match 1900, The One-Man Band 1900) (55 min., with original music by Eric Le Guen)