George Méliès: Trip to the Moon in color

George Méliès – Le Voyage Dans La Lune A Trip To The Moon
(Restored and Complete Version)

I would mute the sound – the original was silent and this new soundtrack by the French band Air just doesn’t seem right

Notes from the youtube page by Johnnypt13 who did the research on this film and because it is in the public domain put it online despite the fact a new DVD has been released.

Like many of Méliès’ films, A Trip to the Moon was sold in both black-and-white and hand-colored versions. A hand-colored print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, but a frame-by-frame restoration was launched in 1999 and completed in 2010 at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles. The restored version finally premiered on May 11, 2011, eighteen years after its discovery and 109 years its original release, at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with a new soundtrack by the French band Air.

Watch Trip to the Moon in B&W but *mute sound/narration*.

As mentioned above, Trip to the Moon was restored to its original color in 2010. Click here to read about restoration and a view a slideshow. For links about Melies and the film Hugo, click here.

>> More info on my page on Moving Image History