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

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/.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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