An astronomer has a terrifying dream.
An astronomer has a terrifying dream.
The Moon at One Meter, Egy méterre a Hold, Sueños de un astrónomo, The Astronomer's Dream; or, The Man in the Moon, O Sonho do Astrônomo, La lune à un mètre. L'observatoire, la lune, Phoebé, Le rêve d'un astronome, Astronomov san, The Moon at Arm's Length, A Trip to the Moon
Melies' fascination with celestial bodies as dream invading, devouring, constantly masticating alien faces is still profoundly horrifying to this very moment and a truly singular cinematic obsession & i know it's probably trite to say, but i am equally obsessed with the stone castles, corridors, hallways, and suggestively labyrinthine structures in which so many of his fragments take place, and esp. here the dissolving wall thru which the grotesque moon escapes ::: some dark sky above a dark sea, the astronomer a kind of hermit wizard. the trappings fascinate me, as much as satan and ghosts in haunted castles. suggestion and dream.
Release date: 1898
SYNOPSIS: An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.
Melies' brilliant use of early special effects is what makes this classic three minute short so timeless. Melies, who also stars as the wizardly astronomer, also has brilliant comedic chops and timing which adds yet another layer of marvel of this early known masterpiece.
I loved the design of the moon effects set piece. Its both funny and incredible in its own right, especially when you pause and realize when it was created. This is yet another example of Melies genius and just how far ahead of the times he was in the realm of special…
The creepiest Moon I've ever seen! haha
The surreal dream of an astronomer told in a very humorous way! It might not make a lot of sense but it is absolutely fun to watch.
Unique stuff, like any other Georges Méliès film.
Makes Kurbrick’s creepy twins look kinda lame just standing there in the hallway when they could have crawled up out of the mouth of the man in the moon like in this Méliès film…
This guy has made the most terrifying versions of the moon in any media. Get out of here, Majora's Mask. The French magician of cinema had serious issues with this piece of rock.
However, this serves as a prototype for his most popular and arguably greatest work, and is a continuation of his exercises of superimposed imagery and amazing theatrical attrezzo and performances to convey a pure form of entertainment and expression. This was an important stepping stone and it's unbelievable that the 20th Century hadn't even started. Props to the master.
Look at what Méliès did in 1898 and try to imagine what he’d have been capable of with the faculties available to today’s filmmakers. Not always totally comprehensible, but maybe that’s (at least partially) the point—after all, dreams are hardly ever lucid. Also: gets strangely gruesome at one point, considering the century-and-some-change-ago timestamp. Also also: I have to believe Keaton’s SHERLOCK, JR. was largely inspired by this—thematically, and also technically.
The fact that this underseen Melies short film came out four years before 'A Trip to the Moon' making that film technically a sequel to this one (given that they both feature a large, anthropomorphic and emotional moon-man) is interesting as it kind of recontextualizes the journey in that more famous film from a bunch of explorers being jerks, to a bunch of scientists seeking VENGEANCE on a terrifying moonface that has a habit of playing terrifying mind games with them.
There's so much incredible whimsy on display here and I love it. A bit rough around the edges but the imagination and mind of Georges Méliès will never get old, at least for me.
When people say things like "The rise of nerd culture" or "The fall of nerd culture" I will remember a film like this that shows nerds transcend a single generation and/or culture and will always find ways to make nerd dreams come true.
See the Film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKmg4_baySk
Méliès sure loved his moons.
While not as strong as A Trip to the Moon, I continue to be astounded by the visuals and overall style of Georges Melies' work. His shorts just look gorgeous, and some of the effects stun in even a modern setting. I can only imagine how long the moon took to create and make sure it operated correctly. I also can't understate how humorous this is as well. The humans move like cartoon characters, and the overall nightmarish style of the short emphasizes that animated feeling. Equal parts terrifying for the titular astronomer to experience, and super entertaining for the viewer to witness. More than worth a watch.
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It seems most early 1800s silent experimental films were incredibly dark. In this film, we have a wizard who is terrorized by creepy ass moon.
There’s some animation within this as well, and it looks pretty good considering it was done over a century ago.
Consider this an interesting cinematic artifact. A reminder of the technology they had 119 years ago, and reminder of how far we’ve come in moviemaking.
Other than that, there’s nothing else to say.
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