December 8, marks the 153 birthday of Georges Méliès, one of the pioneer geniuses of cinema as we know it today. Méliès was a visionary who devised various techniques and procedures to ensure that his films have elements which at the time did not exist. For example, to ensure that his films were seen to color, he painted the frames, and did so with vibrant colors and magical. One of the most important films of Méliès, The Trip to the Moon, is based on the work of Jules Verne, and contains one of most iconic images in the history of cinema: a rocket crashing into the right eye of the moon. Surreal, witty and stubborn when it came to telling a story, Méliès was known as the wizard of cinema, and was a watershed in the industry.

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