For those of you interested in such things, this is a link to Georges Méliès’ 1902 classic, Le Voyage dans la Lune.  Clearly influenced by writers such as Verne, this film is considered by some to be the world’s first science fiction movie.  My favourite part is where the lunar explorers destroy the cellonites (moon inhabitants) with their umbrellas.  As my friend Ryan reminded me some time ago, The Smashing Pumpkins paid homage to this film with the video for “Tonight, Tonight.”  The image of the moon with the rocket sticking out of its eye is one of the most iconic sci-fi images of all time and I love it to death.  It’s all just so creepy, wonderful and French.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JDaOOw0MEE

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