Favorite movies of the 1900s
This is the first entry in a series of posts that will feature my favorite movies through the decades.
I decided to start with the 1900s. However, after starting this post I had to put it on hold after realizing I really had no idea what my favorite films of the 1900s are. 😜 I’m sure this is not an uncommon issue among film lovers born in the latter part of the 20th century.
The only film I could think of off the top of my head was A Trip to the Moon. I checked the date on this film, and yes, it is from 1902.
According to Wikipedia:
A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) is a 1902 French adventure short film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, and its 1870 sequel Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon’s surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite.
It’s interesting that Wikipedia classifies it as “adventure.” I think of it as fantasy/early science fiction.
This is a lovely film, and like so many early silents in the fantasy genre, it has an ethereal, other-worldly quality. It’s just a delightful escape.