Georges Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color

Georges Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color

13 Episodes

The inexhaustibly imaginative magician of early cinema, Georges Méliès created some of the medium’s very first fantasies through his revolutionary use of trick photography, special effects, and exquisite hand-painted color. Beautifully restored by Lobster Films, these whimsical wonders—including science-fiction landmark A TRIP TO THE MOON, gorgeous dreamscape THE KINGDOM OF FAIRIES, and the Jules Verne-inspired THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE—continue to delight and enchant more than one hundred years after their creation.

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Georges Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color
  • The Pillar of Fire

    Episode 1

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1899 • France

    Flames burst forth from a dancing woman’s billowing skirt in this brief trick film.

  • Joan of Arc

    Episode 2

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1900 • France

    Georges Méliès recreates the life and martyrdom of the French national icon.

  • A Trip to the Moon

    Episode 3

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1902 • France

    A group of astronomers discover a fantastical and fearsome world on the moon in cinema’s very first science-fiction film.

  • Robinson Crusoe

    Episode 4

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1903 • France

    Georges Méliès himself stars as the eponymous hero of Daniel Defoe’s classic adventure novel.

  • The Kingdom of the Fairies

    Episode 5

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1903 • France

    A prince’s quest to rescue his beloved takes him from the depths of the sea to a fiery inferno in this gorgeous fantasy brought to life through stunning optical effects.

  • The Infernal Cauldron

    Episode 6

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1903 • France

    A diabolical demon transforms three victims into ghosts.

  • The Impossible Voyage

    Episode 7

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1904 • France

    A group of adventurers attempt to journey to the sun in this optical-effects-laden spectacle inspired by a Jules Verne play.

  • Rip’s Dream

    Episode 8

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1905 • France

    Georges Méliès plays the title character in his take on the Rip Van Winkle legend.

  • The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship

    Episode 9

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1906 • France

    The inventor of a new dirigible dreams that his machine takes flight—but nothing goes as planned.

  • The Merry Frolics of Satan

    Episode 10

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1906 • France

    An inventor makes a deal with the devil in this imaginative variation on the Faust myth.

  • The Witch

    Episode 11

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1906 • France

    The wicked witch Carabosse seeks revenge on a poor troubadour in this fantasy inspired by Breton folklore.

  • The Diabolic Tenant

    Episode 12

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1909 • France

    A poor traveler has no trouble furnishing his barren accommodations thanks to a magic bag.

  • Whimsical Illusions

    Episode 13

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1910 • France

    Playing a magician, Georges Méliès performs a series of fantastical tricks.