This Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 1pm the Dali Museum will be showing another film in their Dali & Beyond Film Series: Trip to the Moon + Fantastic Planet

“Trip to the Moon” is the most famous of the over 500 short films made by French film pioneer Georges Melies between 1896 and 1912.  The image of a bullet-shaped spaceship hitting the eye of the man in the moon is one of the most recognizable images in cinema history. It was loosely based on Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and H. G. Wells The First Men in the Moon. An accomplished magician,  illusionist & filmmaker Melies made recordings of his stage shows as well as fantasy epics which were among the first films narrated. Méliès was a prolific innovator in the use of special effects which led others to refer to him Cinemagician. “Trip to the Moon” is composed of a series of  action scenes and multiple camera tricks, which together tell a simple story. As one of the earliest examples of cinematic fantasy, “A Trip to the Moon” led the way for films like The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. (Melies, 1902; 17 min; Not rated        

“Fantastic Planet” tells the story of Oms, a human-like species, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called Draags. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms – and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. -Amazon (Laloux, 1973; 72 min; Not Rated)

Free Refreshments for sale in Cafe Gala.

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