- Georges Méliès
Join us in the Willard Straight Memorial Room for a fun-filled tribute to Georges Méliès, the historical figure at the center of Martin Scorsese’s recent film, Hugo. The French magician-turned-fantasy-filmmaker made hundreds of magical films at the turn of the century, most notably, A Trip to Moon, in 1902, the first science fiction film ever made, scenes from which appear in Hugo. In addition to screening the recently restored hand-painted color version of A Trip to the Moon, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with a fabulous soundtrack by the French electronica duo, Air, we’ll show several other Méliès films. Pre-screening activities will include an info table about the history of silent filmmaking in Ithaca, photo-ops with a hand-painted scene from A Trip to the Moon and more! Cosponsored with the Ithaca Motion Picture Project.