Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Space Oddities Review - Le Voyage Dans Le Lune

To our modern eyes 'Le Voyage Dans Le Lune', directed by Georges Melies in 1902 seems more magical with an underlining of sci-fi and humor. The 'unknown species' that live in the moon add to the conventions of sci-fi. However, I feel the 'wizard-like' hats the scientists wear at the beginning and the personified stars and moon make the film less menacing and more whimsical ."it saw its maker hailed as a cinemagicien, weaving spells on celluloid. Sci fi cinema was born" Louis Pattison, NME, 2012.

The comical underlining I feel has come from the personified stars and moon. Melies didn't just give these space forms action or life but actual personality. "signature image of a bullet-shaped rocket lodging itself in the eye of a smirking moon". Mark Pittillo, RottenTomato. I like how even though at that time we hadn't investigated outside of our world, Melies still put life into something that we were unsure about whether it had/was life or not. No one could tell him it didn't/did have life so he was free to make the 'smirking moon' have expressions and become amusing to audiences.

 Throughout the film the mise en scene does contribute to the sci fi genre but it really goes up a notch when the scientists are exploring inside the moon. "as the travellers discover a world full of strange rock formations, waterfalls, and enormous mushrooms". Aycyas, 2008. He has created natural 'earth-boundees' and put them on foreign turf, then made them unnatural sizes. It seems as if Melies deliberately obscured his environments to make audiences of that time question if there is other life-forms out there? Whether they are bouncing beasts, massive mushrooms or worlds hidden inside a floating hollow rock.


  1. Hi Rosalyn! Well done on getting your first review out! :)
    You have made some interesting observations here, especially with regard to Melies not only giving his 'space forms' life, but also endowing them with personality.
    My main comments to you today lie around your use of quotations, and developing an 'academic voice'...
    So, firstly the quotes - make sure that the quotes that you choose really provide you with some meaty discussion material, rather than just being descriptive. There is a particular method in introducing and unpicking a quote - have a look here for some very straightforward advice -

    You will also see that the guide refers to avoiding using the first person, as a way of keeping the tone of your writing more scholarly. This seems a bit odd when you first start using it, but it's a good habit to get into, before you come to write essays and, eventually, the dissertation!
    My only other point at this stage is to be aware of the importance of referencing your work correctly - you need to make sure that all your sources, both written and illustrative, are referenced using the Harvard method, and that you have a bibliography and illustrations list - see here for info on how to this -

    Looking forward to your next review! :)

  2. Thankyou :) and yes i totally agree with the need of an academic voice, that is something i struggle with but im sure with all the essays to come i have no excuse with putting it to practice :)