Georges Méliès

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Georges Méliès
Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès
BirthplaceParis, France
Filmmaker, film actor, set designer, illusionist, toymaker

Méliès, Georges


Born Dec. 8, 1861, in Paris; died there Jan. 21, 1938. French actor, director, magician and theater and film entrepreneur.

Méliès was one of the founders of French and world cinema. He invented the basic techniques of modern trick photography and produced ingenious film fantasies, including A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904), 200,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1907), and The Conquest of the Pole (1912), and screen adaptations of actual events of his time, including Sea Battle in Greece (1897) and The Coronation of Ed-ward VII (1902). Méliès made approximately 400 films. The term “Méliès tendency”in film studies refers to a vivid film production whose principal merit lies in the cinematographer’s ability to transform reality.


Sadoul, G. Vseobshchaiia istoriia kino, vols. 1-2. Moscow, 1958. (Translated from French.)
Bessy, M., and J. M. Lo Duca. Georges Méliès, mage. Paris, 1945.
Sadoul, G. Georges Méliès. Paris, 1961.
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Melies then modified the machine to work as a camera and made more than 500 short films between 1896 and 1913.
Fascinatingly, between 1896 and 1913, Melies directed 531 films, ranging in length from one minute to 40 minutes.
Scorsese's Hugo honors the craft of Melies through 3-D techniques and digital filmmaking.
The story of Melies is fascinating and, had it not been for Scorcese's fabulous film, I'd have remained ignorant about him and his work.
36) Similarly, there is no evidence that trick-film maker Georges Melies read Bergson, although they were both French nationals and Bergson's 'cult-like' status may have enticed Melies to read him.
The real story of the rise and fall of Melies takes up the second half of the film, leading up to the conclusion, a passionate statement about the need for film restoration and preservation of the world's cinematic heritage.
Basta saber que el viejo era mago, y que su apellido es Melies.
But most of Rotterdam has been seduced by Martin Scorsese's 3D spectacular, "Hugo," and its loving tribute to Georges Melies and the early days of cinema.
Georges Melies was a pioneer in which artistic field?
Contributors address questions of aesthetics, media, and modernity, and show that Melies should be seen as a key figure in the emergence of the modern spectacle.
Clocking in at fifty-four and twenty-four minutes, respectively, the works--Grand Paris Texas, 2009, and the new two-screen video installation Melies, 2011--represent the first two installments in a planned trilogy exploring the physical conditions and social character of the cinematic experience, here with particular respect to film's relationship to place and memory and the kinds of psychic traces movies leave in their wake.