Jean Melies 's The Moon, By Georges Melies

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Science fiction films have been captivating audiences for almost as long as filmmaking has been around. Georges Méliès’s overtly theatrical, 1902 masterpiece A trip to the moon, is one of earliest pieces of cinema of the 19th century. The film set the stage for a genre that would captivate audiences for decades to come. The definition of science fiction is somewhat fluid, but loosely defined as a sub-genre of fantasy that incorporates hypothetical, science-based themes into the plot of the film. The genre consists of many characteristics, one of which is the specific backdrop for the story being told. Primarily science fiction stories are set in the future, and depict in some way a utopian or dystopian society. Utopia in a science fiction would be portrayed as a perfect world. A peaceful government, and moral code would be prevalent, and there would exist no problems such as war, disease, inequality, and so forth. The latter would feature a world that is overrun with violence, oppression, and disease, “in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control.” (Chung, n.d.). Political and or social commentary is also portrayed in many science fictions. They’ll often deal with issues that were immediate concerns at the time of release, or potential issues society could face if change is not enacted. Finally, the most prominent element to the genre is the presence of

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