The Canon: 50 Sci-Fi Classics
#1 - A Trip to the Moon (1902)
"Le Voyage dans la lune" or "A Trip to the Moon," was the first science fiction film. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon and H. G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon. It was written, directed, and produced by Georges Méliès and is 16 minutes in length. The film tells the story of brave French astronauts who are launched to the moon inside of a giant bullet fired from a cannon (modern rockets had not yet been invented). Most of the film was shot in the Méliès Studio where Méliès employed many special effects adapted from theatre.