Georges Méliès's 1902 Classic, 'A Trip to the Moon'

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The iconic sci-fi short went on to inspire countless films, including Martin Scorsese's Hugo. A Trip to the Moon is "the artistic heart" of Scorsese's film, Govindini Murty writes in "From Méliès to Montparnasse, a Cultural Cheat Sheet for 'Hugo'." Courtesy of the Internet Archive, this excerpt follows the space travelers as they land on the Moon and explore its fantastical landscapes. 

A Trip to the Moon was recently restored and colorized to go with a new album by the French electronic music group AIR. They've made short excerpts from the colorized version available on YouTube:

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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