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The Cinema Of Georges Melies January 31, 2023

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.

If you’ve seen the movie HUGO or read the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, you already have a basic familiarity with the groundbreaking film maker Georges Melies and his magical realm of dreams on screens.

If not, have a quick look:

Before mega-blockbuster cinema and million-dollar special effects, there was Georges Melies, an illusionist turned filmmaker. When cinema was in its infancy, he pioneered a wide variety of film techniques. Showcase’s Alican Pamir takes you into the world of cinema’s first great fantasy filmmaker.

Aah . . . that’s magic!



1. Kate Crimmins - January 31, 2023

Lots of detail work.

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

Film in its infancy must have seemed truly magical!

Imagine watching a film with a 7-piece jazz band with a single magician playing all 7 instruments . . . simultaneously. πŸ˜€

2. Val Boyko - January 31, 2023

Fascinating. What an early genius of film.

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

Most of the 500 films he created got melted down to support the war efforts during WWI, but enough remain to give us a flavor for his creative innovations.

3. joyroses13 - January 31, 2023

Its amazing what some people are capable of!

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

Too bad I’m a procrastinator . . . πŸ˜€

joyroses13 - February 1, 2023

LOL! Me too!

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

Wait! Maybe we’re just “late bloomers” like Grandma Moses . . . πŸ˜€

4. Ally Bean - February 1, 2023

I’ve never heard of HUGO or Georges Melies. Movies aren’t my thing, but he sounds like he was interesting.

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

I lhear ya, Ally. I ove books and movies . . . with a few notable exceptions. That said, I don’t hesitate to stop watching or set a book aside if it doesn’t feel like time well spent. πŸ˜€

5. Bruce @ walkingoffthechessboard - February 1, 2023

The early days of film making are so interesting. The current film Babylon is set within the development years of motion pictures. It is amazing how movies began versus how they are made now. I had a couple of film courses in school and the making of Melies’ A Trip To The Moon was a featured story.

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

Cool! My brother and couple of friends made a few Sci-Fi movies as kids & teens. Lots of stop action to set up the next scene, etc.

6. Mark Petruska - February 1, 2023

I’ve never seen Hugo but have at least heard of it. Georges Melies? Not so much. Thanks for sharing!

nrhatch - February 1, 2023

Hugo touches upon the life of Georges Melies, while taking a few liberties (like creating fictional characters that interact with him).

The book (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) is 500 pages long . . . but half the pages are drawings so it’s a quick afternoon read. After finishing it, I looked at the end notes and realized the parallels with Melies’s life. Quite a cool character.

7. L. Marie - February 4, 2023

I read the book and saw the movie years ago! Both were lovely. My hat is off to anyone in the early days of filmmaking. I remember taking a class in video editing when I was an undergraduate. Took me hours to edit a three-minute video. So I can’t imagine all of the work that went into making any kind of film way back in the day.

nrhatch - February 9, 2023

I’m with you, LM. Editing the printed word seems much more my speed!

Happy National Pizza Day! πŸ˜€

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