A Trip to the Moon (French: Voyage dans la Lune)[a] is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, it follows a group of astronomers who travel to the moon in a cannon-propelled spaceship, explore the moon’s surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return in a splashdown to Earth with a captive Selenite in tow.
The film was released by Méliès’s Star Film Company and is numbered 399–411 in its catalogues. Its total length is about 260 meters (roughly 845 feet) of film, which, at Méliès’s preferred projection speed of 12 to 14 frames per second, is about 17 minutes. An internationally popular success at the time of its release, it is the best-known of the hundreds of films made by Méliès, and the moment in which the spaceship lands in the Moon’s eye remains one of the most iconic images in the history of cinema. It was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranking at #84, and in 2002 it became the first work designated as a UNESCO World Heritage film.
A Trip to the Moon
Directed by Georges Méliès
Produced by Georges Méliès
Written by Georges Méliès
Based on From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne
Starring Georges Méliès, Bleuette Bernon, François Lallement, Henri Delannoy
Cinematography Théophile Michault, Lucien Tainguy
Production company Star Film Company
Release date 1 September 1902
Running time 16 minutes