"A Trip to the Moon" in Color

And Other Travels Through Time, Color and Space

Share |
Trip to the Moon
Trip to the MoonTrip to the Moon

Presented by film historian and archivist Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, Paris and Tom Burton, head of the Preservation Department at Technicolor Los Angeles, representing Technicolor Foundation

A new sensation at the age of 109, Georges Méliès’s historic touchstone film “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) was screened in its original hand-colored version direct from its recent re-premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May.

A recently discovered original color print was in poor condition and underwent delicate work to rescue and digitize the elements. In 2010, a complete restoration was launched and carried out at Technicolor Los Angeles. An original soundtrack was composed by the French band Air to accompany this masterpiece. “A Trip to the Moon’s” restoration was carried out by Lobster Films, the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage.

Joining this marvel was a newly restored print of “A Trip down Market Street” (1906), taken by the Miles Bros. of San Francisco days before the famed earthquake leveled the city. Other rare primitive films, including a presentation of 3D versions of early Méliès films and turn-of-the century attempts at sound films, rounded out the program. “A Trip down Market Street” source elements are courtesy of Rick Prelinger, the Library of Congress and Ward Kimball Archive.

Tom Burton, head of the Preservation Department at Technicolor Los Angeles and in charge of the “Trip to the Moon” color restoration project, presented the “Trip to the Moon” program. Serge Bromberg, an internationally recognized film historian, presented this edition of his “Retour de Flamme (Saved from the Flames)” show.


Restoration Gallery

See examples of the film's restoration. All images © 2011 Lobster Films - Groupama Gan Foundation - Technicolor Foundation


Event Information

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Don't Show Again