Wednesday 19 July 2023

Un Matrimonio Interplanetario, A Marriage in the Moon

Not even cosmic space can stand between two lovers! Enrico Novelli produced this rather ambitious romance in 1910. Rich in Mélièsian imagery, Novelli makes ample use of fairy tale style while turning Verne's From the Earth to the Moon into a love story.  

Novelli, also known by the nom de plume Yambo, was already an accomplished writer of children's stories. Among them were Scientific Romances, the best known of which is 1906's Gli esploratori dell’infinito (Explorers of the infinite), in which a pair of journalists hitch a ride aboard a comet for a whirlwind tour of the solar system. 

This short of a Earthling man and Martian woman falling in love through telescope and telegraph is about as far as the Méliès-style Scientific Romance got. It is more technically accomplished than A Trip to the Moon in many respects, including miniature work and stop-motion animation, but still fundamentally "stagey." More cinematically dynamic and realist films were to come in the teens and Twenties. Nevertheless, it is a lovely film in a lovely style on a lovely subject. 

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