Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès

Highest Rated: 100% A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Lowest Rated: 100% A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Birthday: Dec 08, 1861

Birthplace: Paris, France

One of the visionary pioneers of early cinema, director and independent producer Georges Méliès used his skills as an illusionist and theater owner to create the techniques of modern narrative filmmaking. Méliès was at the forefront of the motion picture business alongside other pioneers such as Thomas Edison and the Lumiére brothers. But unlike the latter, who favored a more documentary approach to filmmaking, Méliès tapped into his inner showman and created spectacles for the screen, which translated into large audiences and financial success. By accidentally inventing stop-motion photography, he used visual sleight of hand to replace one image with another, wowing audiences with the optical illusion. He used the technique to great effect with "The Vanishing Lady" (1896) and went on to create such memorable silent shorts as "The Astronomer's Dream" (1898), "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" (1898) and "Cleopatra" (1899), the earliest known example of a horror movie. Méliès achieved iconic status with "A Trip to the Moon" (1902), a 14-minute sci-fi adventure that featured the famed shot of a rocket ship landing in the Man on the Moon's eye - one of the most indelible images in cinema history. Though he would go on to make notable films like "The Impossible Voyage" (1904) and "Conquest of the Pole" (1912), Méliès fell on hard times due to war and increased competition, leaving him poverty stricken. He rose to prominence toward the end of his life, however, as his stature as a pioneering filmmaker was returned in full.

Highest rated movies




No Score Yet 17% The Palace of Arabian Knights Director,
Production Design
- 1905
No Score Yet 79% The Black Imp Unknown (Character),
- 1905
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mermaid Director - 1904
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Impossible Voyage Director - 1904
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Angel The Rag-and-Bone Man / Beggar on Crutches / Coal Seller (Character) - 1904
No Score Yet 53% The Monster Director - 1903
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marvelous Wreath Director - 1903
No Score Yet 36% Jupiter's Thunderballs Director - 1903
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fairyland: Kingdom of Fairies Prince Bel-Azor (Character),
- 1903
100% 90% A Trip to the Moon Prof. Barbenfouillis (Character),
$45.4K 1902
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Coronation of Edward VII Director - 1902
No Score Yet 84% Bluebeard Barbe-bleue (Character),
- 1901
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Astronomer's Dream Unknown (Character),
Production Design
- 1898


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