Seminal Films

The power of stories to transport the audience represents a fundamental part of human experience. Gerrig was the first to coin the term narrative transportation in the context of written literature. Narrative transportation occurs when an individual experiences the feeling of entering the world evoked by a narrative because of empathy for story characters and imagination of the story plot. It is described as a state of detachment from the world, as though one is being carried away by the story. Seminal Films don’t only fall into the bracket of those that carry emotional weight for their viewer. Some reach such status by the political and humanist ramifications born of their sheer weight of significance. Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘A Short Film About Killing’ was intrinsic in the debate over the death penalty in Poland. ‘All the President’s Men’, ‘City of God’ clearer markers of their times. Other films would be so unique in their execution and style they would change the face of their particular brand of cinema and create new subgenres, movements and trends. ‘A Trip to the Moon’ in 1902 was the first film to make use of the technique of editing, ‘Un Chien Andalou’ in 1929 was one of the first examples of Surrealism. More recently Francois Truffaut launched the French New Wave with ‘The Four Hundred Blows’, ‘This is Spinal Tap’ paved the way for the Docudrama, Jon Carpenter reigned in the era of the Slasher with ‘Halloween’, Dogme 95 was cemented by Lars Von Tier in the 90s with his seminal work ‘Festen’ and ‘Frances Ha’ helped launch Mumblecore. These films should be heralded for all they achieved artistically as well as the wider impact they, and the filmmakers behind them, helped to create.

A Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune)[a] is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite. It features an ensemble cast of French theatrical performers, led by Méliès himself in the main role of Professor Barbenfouillis, and is filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Méliès became famous.

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