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Fascinating introduction to the work of the master - I hadn't heard of him until I watched Scorsese's Hugo [2011] [DVD], but I was inspired to find out more. It's truly amazing what Georges Melies achieved, and how many films he made - it's also amazing how he was largely forgotten until recent years. Well worth watching.
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on 5 March 2006
A remarkable DVD featuring early films by Georges Melies. There are two documentaries and a large number of the original films including the superb "A Trip to the Moon".
For anyone interested in the history of movies this is a must-see. This is the real beginning of many of the special effects which we take for granted although many of the effects today are made by computer whereas Melies used both the tricks he had learnt as a stage magician and genuine film effects using editing, colorisation etc.
Melies, himself, lost everything and was rediscovered running a tobacconists on a railway station. The recognition he then received in the 1930's was well justified and we are lucky that so many prints survived of his historic work even though he himself burnt so many when he became bankrupt.
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on 14 October 2013
The DVD is very nicely done; enough detail and entertainment in equal measure. The documentary was informative as to technique and context, and to see good quality reproductions of the films themselves (and, where painted, in original colour) is a delight that will inspire for many more years to come.
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on 27 July 2015
An education in cinema - amazing.
Melies is to cinema as Star Trek is to science, a star to aim for.
Everyone can 'beam up' messages - and we watch 3D cinema because so much potential was envisaged by Melies who was the first to send men to the moon in film.
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on 25 January 2015
Very popular with my granddaughters!
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