Director: Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange
Cast: Costa-Gavras, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Michel Gondry
France, 65’, 2011, color, black & white
French with Turkish subtitles
The film tells the incredible story, across the 20th and 21st centuries, of the challenges posed by one of the most complex film projects in cinema history: the restoration of Méliès’ masterpiece. Participants include Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). In 1993, a film reel with a color version of Georges Méliès groundbreaking silent science fiction film A Trip to the Moon from 1902 was discovered. Previous versions of the film have been black and white and of poor quality. The bad condition of the reel signaled the beginning of an international project, with new technologically advanced methods, in a desperate attempt to save the content and recreate the film. After 12 years, by which time it had become history’s most expensive film restoration project, the work was finally complete! This is the fascinating documentary about Georges Méliès, A Trip to the Moon, the early history of cinema and the arduous restoration work. This documentary has been shown at film festivals in Berlin and Cannes.
He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.
In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.
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