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Sunday, February 5, 2012

George Melies

Last night I had some friends over to watch the movie Hugo.  Not only was the movie brilliant but I was captured by Ben Kingsley's character- George Melies.  Knowing nothing about the movie except that it was directed by Martin Scorsese, I googled Melies was was thrilled to learn that he was an actual person.  The things that he and his wife did for the movie industry are truly amazing.  I was blown away at how they would hand tint each frame.  Shown here:


Sadly, very few of his films exist today.  During the war, his movies were confiscated, and melted down to make shoe heels.  Luckily, with Youtube, you can see some of his films that did survive due to film preservation agencies such as US Library of Congress. This is due to Gaston Méliès submitting paper prints of each frame of all new Star Films in order to preserve copyright laws when he set up the American branch of Star Films in 1902.
click hereéliès for more information on Melies.

In this one, you understand the importance of musical accompaniment:

And last, his most famous:

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