The Astronomer's Dream (1898) by George Méliès

Sunday, September 29, 1985, 8:00 pm

The Magic of Méliès


762 Valencia St.

San Francisco, CA 94110

Georges Méliès (best known for A Trip to the Moon) remains one of the great figures of film history, as stylist, actor, writer and director of all aspects of his more than 500 films. Paul Hammond has written: “…his imagery, because it is childish, is bursting with vitality, operating in that dynamic area of tension and release, of dislocation and relocation that we call the marvelous.” Méliès’ sense of magical wonderment and tongue-in-cheek humor remain unsurpassed. Tonight’s program includes 13 rarely-seen titles, including beautiful hand-colored versions of The Palace of the Arabian Nights (1905) and The Astronomer’s Dream (1898). Also: Baron Munchausen’s Dream, Kingdom of the Fairies, The Melomaniac, An Impossible Voyage, and others.