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Georges MélièsThis exhibition includes a series of movie stills by Georges Méliès from his first film "Voyage dans la Lune" (1902). Georges Méliès was a vaudeville artist with an illusionistic act. At the end of the 19th century he witnessed the first experiments of the Lumière brothers. The combination of illusionism and movie were the cradle for the first examples of phantasy movie.
Voyage dans la Lune
At the end of the 19th century there was a serious polemic about the possibilty of life on the moon. In scientific terms the question was whether or not the moon had an earthly atmosphere as we have on earth. There was being a lot of speculation and guessing.
Méliès, being a handy businessman, took advantage of this polemic with his "Voyage dans la lune". Film stills of Georges Méliès are extremely rare and give a good image of the populistic world view then. This world view also occurs in the popular books by Camille Flammarion.
© Xavier Debeerst - AnamorFose (2006) - Used with permission