A Trip to the Moon, 1901.

Le Voyage dans la Lune is one of my favourite Science-Fiction films, probably even beating 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The film has recently been restored to the full 16 minutes and hand coloured back to Melies original specification. And the entire film has been soundtracked by Air (also did the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides).

A Trip to the Moon (1902, dir. Georges Méliès)


“That same evening everything was ready; the crowd was beginning to arrive, the public was crowding in front of the big moon, but the poster, while it made people laugh, was greeted with all kinds of wisecracks. ‘It’s a joke, it’s trickery! Do they think we’re idiots around here? Do you imagine they could have gone to the moon to photograph it? They’re pulling our legs!’ The audiences of that day imagined that it was impossible to photograph anything but real objects.”

-Méliès, on public reaction to his poster for A Trip to the Moon, which featured the scene from the film in which a rocket ship lands on the moon’s eye (via)

Full film online here/here.