Color Restoration of 1902 film "A Trip To the Moon" to open Cannes Film Festival 2011Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tonight (May 11), the 2011 Cannes Film Festival will one-up a red carpet Tom Cruise experience and open the festivities with a screening of a color-restored version of the groundbreaking 1902 Georges Méliès’ film, A Trip to the Moon. The film is widely considered to be the first science-fiction film.
The film, being made in 1902 when McKinley was president of the United States and Émile Loubet was the French Pres, was silent and black and white. And it was only about 11 minutes long, and it is still better than almost any film made today.
According to Indiewire, “The fully restored version, 109 years old, was considered lost until the restoration was undertaken by Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage. With today’s digital capabilities, fragments of 13,375 frames were reassembled one by one. New to the film is an original soundtrack by French band AIR.”
Although you could say, "Wow, they spent a whole lot of money to restore something that was perfectly fine in black and white," this will probably be the highlight of Cannes.
Watch the original below.