A Trip At The Moon And Lang 's M

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Films, much like novels and poems as well any other form of art are created with a purpose in mind. To entertain, educate, alert, convict, satirise. To stimulate the human senses and evoke feelings and emotions. Many a time, a film strives to do more than one of these at once. Depending on the individual who is watching the movie and the time period in which he/she watches it, different intended messages might lead to different interpretations. It is always important to take into account the wider context in which a certain work of art is conceived and to whom it is originally addressed in order to comprehend any underlying messages, beliefs and ideas. In this essay I will explain how and why this occurrence is apparent in Méliès’ A Trip…show more content…
The supposed scientists look more like medieval wizards with their pointy hats and robes gazing through an oversized telescope. The plan with which they will attempt to travel to the moon is very unscientific and naive. But as Tom Gunning states in his film analysis in 1986: ‘We must keep in mind that Méliès was not offering an inadequate approximation of realism but a different style, based on acknowledged theatricality and illusion – a fairyland with a sense of humour and irony about itself.’ Méliès’ was not trying to be realistic when making this movie. He was not describing how space travel might work for example, but was rather testing to which extent cinema could construct images of the impossible. However, we cannot help but question: Why are the scientists and their methods presented in such a ludicrous way? The beginning of the twentieth century was a blooming period for science. A scientist was a serious and self-important man. Their representation in the movie could be Méliès’ way of dismissing and satirising their sobriety. The scientists manage to build their bullet “spaceship” and rocket themselves to the moon. They conquer the Selenites and the Moon by killing their king, returning victorious and triumphant back to earth. Their adventure closely resembles the colonial conflicts of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. France in particular, was the second largest colonial power in the world at that time. ‘While
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