Kentridge and “Le voyage dans la lune”

In a nice round up of recent shows, Mira Schor likened the aesthetic of William Kentridge’s installation The Refusal of Time to early films by the Lumiere brothers, which I think is quite apt. It had me off in search of fellow pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès’s 1902 classic silent film, “Le voyage dans la lune” (Trip to the Moon), which I offer up to you here, for your viewing pleasure. It follows turn-of-the-century scientists on a trip in a cannon-propelled spaceship to explore the moon, which also deals with man’s desire for progress and knowledge, albeit in a fantastical rather than historical way.

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