A Trip to the Moon (and its Legacy)


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A Trip to the Moon (and its Legacy)

  1. Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film A Trip to the Moon
Georges Melies and A Trip to the Moon (1904) were key figures in Martin Scorsese’s hit film Hugo. Thanks to one of the most complex (and somewhat controversial) film restorations ever, the film was saved from a single badly deteriorating color copy. The restoration took a decade and massive amount of skill and resources. This entertaining program includes the film and its cultural legacy. Be ready for some surprises (Hint, this includes Rabbit's Moon from Kenneth Anger, and Shoot the Moon from Red Grooms - both in 16mm). The program will be introduced by Professor Donald Crafton (University of Notre Dame). (35mm, 16mm and digital presentation)

Donald Crafton
A specialist in film history and visual culture, Dr. Donald Crafton earned his degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and Yale University. He was the founding director of the Yale Film Study Center, and served as director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. He teaches in and has chaired the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame now for many years. Professor Crafton’s research interests are in film history and visual culture. His publications include The Talkies, Before Mickey, and his new book Shadow of a Mouse: Performance, Belief, and World-Making in Animation. He was named Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 and has been a recipient of an NEH Fellowship. In 2004, The World Festival of Animation presented him with an award for his contributions to animation theory.