Loosely based on Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon; George Melies 1902 film A Trip to the Moon was groundbreaking. It is the first real science fiction film and it also gave us the first iconic moment in sci-fi film history, even if it’s a bit of a strange one.
The film itself is very iconic and has served as inspiration for everything from other movies to a very memorable video by the Smashing Pumpkins. The single most iconic moment from this movie and the one that most film fans recognize and most non-film fans have at least seen at one point in their lives is the, admittedly bizarre, shot of the rocket ship stuck in the eye of the Man on the Moon.
The silent science fiction movie had both a black and white and color version, the latter of which had been assumed long lost until relatively recently. Film archivists Lobster Films, the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema, and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage have restored the color print of this amazing film for a re-release.