Illustration for article titled Classic early science fiction movie A Trip to the Moon restored, with soundtrack by Air

One of the world's oldest science fiction movies, Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon, is premiering at Cannes with a restored print, in color... with a soundtrack by French electro duo Air. Kelly Watch the Stars, indeed.

The color version of the "rocket in the Man in the Moon's eye" sequence looks pretty gruesome, actually.


Says the Hollywood Reporter:

The massive restoration, budgeted at E400,000 and jointly financed by Serge Bromberg's Lobster Films (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno), the Groupama Gan Foundation and the Technicolor Foundation, began in 1993 when a rare, hand-tinted print was uncovered in Barcelona. In 1999, Lobster began digitizing the footage frame by frame, and over ten years and 13,000 frames later, the film can now be seen in a full-blown color version, for the first time since its debut more than a century ago.

After the Cannes debut, the restored and newly grooved-up version will be making the rounds of festivals and movie museums, so chances are you'll have an opportunity to catch it at some point.

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