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Datebook: December 8 – Georges Méliès Turns 150

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Georges Méliès was a French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema, particularly in the area of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his films. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality through cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the First “Cinemagician.” His most famous film is A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la Lune) made in 1902, which includes the celebrated scene in which a spaceship hits the eye of the man in the moon. A print of the film was acquired by Thomas Edison, who then duplicated and distributed it in the United States, where it achieved financial success; however, Edison did not pay any revenues to Méliès. His studio went bankrupt in 1913. The French Army seized most of his film stock to be melted down into boot heels during World War I. Méliès died penniless and driven into obscurity in 1938.

Take ten and watch some great cinematic history:

It’s Thursday, December 8

The Kentucky State Police food drive “Cram the Cruiser” continues through next Monday. Drop off non-perishable food items in the cruiser parked at the entrance to KSP Post 1, or in the Post lobby, 8366 45 North in Hickory.

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers Pet Pictures with Santa Claws Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Weaks Center, 607 Poplar Street. Receive a framed 4 x 6 photo with Santa for a $10 donation. Humans may sit with Santa and Pets as well. Proceeds benefit the Fixed for Life Spay/Nueter and Cat Adoption Programs.

The Murray Woman’s Club’s 31st Annual Tour of Homes is Sunday from one to 4, benefitting Needline and the Clubhouse. Homes include those of Mark and Karen Welch, 1321 Main, Lowell and Shirley Latto, 713 Main, and Larry and Connie Evans, 201 Bridlewood, Saratoga Farms. Get $7 advance tickets from a Kappa member or the Chamber Office. Tickets are $8 at doors Sunday.

See details at wkms.org. Thanks for being here.

 

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