(Above: One of the iconic shots from the director's A Trip to the Moon.)
Today, I'd like to spend just a brief couple of sentences introducing you all to one of the most important filmmakers of all time, of whom D.W. Griffith (known as the grandfather of the modern day feature length film) said: "I owe him everything." Méliès, in many ways, invented the art of narrative cinema. By imbuing his films with a story, he changed the way that people viewed the art form forever. His films are quite old, but most of them are very short, and they seem like nice little windows into a past--they become little 'pataphysical artifacts, or a time machine into the way people looked at film and fantasy. His most famous film is Le Voyage dans la Lune, or A Trip to the Moon (filmed in 1902). It details the journey of two primitive astronauts who go to the moon and battle the Selenites (moon-people) there. Below, I've attached links to that as well as some of his other short films. Enjoy the works of this cinematic founding father!
As a little bonus, here is the music video for Smashing Pumpkins' song "Tonight, Tonight," which is an homage to A Trip to the Moon.