Your help is needed to restore the grave of George Méliès!
Georges Méliès was one of the pioneering figures of film, who is often credited as the man who single-handedly invented special effects on film. His legacy lives on strong in the genre film community but now a phyiscal symbol of that legacy, his grave in the Père Lachaise cemetary in Paris needs our attention as it has fallen into a state of disrepair.
Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, organised by the team at the Black Nights Film Festival, is part of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation that holds Méliès as an honorary filmmaker whose name is given to the awards – Méliès d’argent (Silver Méliès) and the Méliès d’or (Golden Méliès) – that are handed out at each of the member festival. We are calling out to everybody to join in and help!
Having started his career as an illusionist and a magician, Méliès became intrigued by the newly-invented cinematograph made by the Lumière brothers early on and started utilizing his knowledge of illusionism to create vibrant new worlds and tickle the imagination of an entire generation of future filmmakers.
The French pioneer of cinema authored some of the most recognizable classics of the silent era, at the very beginning of the 20th century. Among his most notable work is the iconic A Trip to the Moon, made in 1902, and The Impossible Voyage, which a loose adaptation of Jules Verne’s play, Journey Through the Impossible.