Magical Films From The Early 1900s
Many film pioneers began their work in the late 1800s however they didn't truly shine until the early 1900s, for the first time bringing real scripts and classic stories to the screen. Many of these films were quite simple and obviously had no sound or voices but a handful of directors stood out from the rest. They worked long and hard to incorporate their own brand of special effects and showed quite incredible ingenuity for the time period. This article looks at some of the work of these directors and highlights some of their amazing work. Check it out below!
Trip To The Moon (1902)
Known as the first true science fiction film A Trip To The Moon follows a group of people that are shot into space in a ship that looks a lot like a huge bullet. They land on the moon and have very strange encounters with aliens on the moon. Along the way George Melies the french creator and director incorporates a lot of humor. Giving the moon and stars faces, having many of the aliens hop about comically. Throughout the film Melies, who was originally a magician incorporated many interesting special effects that many other directors would be copying for years. Check out the video to the right.
Alice In Wonderland (1903)
Alice In Wonderland as we all know is a classic story and this film directed in 1903 by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow was the first film version of the story. There are some effects that made it stand out for the time such as the shrinking and growing of Alice when she eats the cake or drinks from the bottle. It may not be as elaborate as Tim Burton's version of a few years ago but consider that this film is over a century old. They did quite well for that era. Check out the film to the right.
The Motorist (1906)
In this film directed by W.R. Booth in 1906 two people in a car go for a drive. After running over a police officer that is trying the stop them on the road they promptly drive up the wall of a building and into the clouds. After they drive across the clouds they drive around the moon, on Saturn's rings and fall out of the sky and right into a courtroom. They are finally stopped by police when they stop to crank the car back up. Somehow though the car turns into a horse and buggy, the police back off and the driver gets back to his seat. Suddenly the buggy turns back into a car and they drive off chased by police. Check out this funny early film at the right side.
The Haunted House (1908)
Segundo de Chomón was a spanish director that enjoyed incorporating humor into his scripts in much the same way that George Melies did. In this film there is slapstick comedy. With the use of camera tricks and stop motion he was able to create many special effects in his films. From paper cutout witches flying through the clouds, lightning and the house itself having a googly eyed face to a knife that cuts bread and meat by itself. I found this film quite incredible for something over a century old. Check it out the the right.