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The Extraordinary Voyage/A Trip to the Moon - Wgtn Film Soc


Mon 21 Sep 2015, 6:15pm–7:35pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The Extraordinary Voyage (Serge Bomberg/Eric Lange, France 2011) Exempt 60 mins

The documentary The Extraordinary Voyage charts A Trip to the Moon's voyage across the century and into the next millennium, from the fantastical Méliès’s production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Interviews with some of contemporary cinema’s most imaginative filmmakers attest to Méliès’ enduring significance.

A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, France 1902) G 16mins * to be screened with live soundtrack performance*

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 new movie Hugo, was the creator of that image, and his A Trip to the Moon thrilled audiences in 1902. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive restorations in film history, A Trip to the Moon can thrill audiences once again in colour. In this 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 and flee their King, and return home to a triumphant parade.

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