Georges Melies

By Elizabeth Ezra

Georges Melies

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5396-2
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.99
  • Published Date: May 2000
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film history, theory & criticism, Film scripts & screenplays, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Before the turn of the twentieth century, before the nickelodeon, even before the first cinemas, Georges Méliès began making movies.. Directing, editing, producing, designing, and starring in over 500 films between 1896 to 1912, Méliès was also the first cinematic auteur.. This is the first study of Méliès's films to appear in English in over twenty years and the only book to interpret his work using the tools of modern film analysis.. Locates the roots of modern narrative cinema in Méliès's work, identifying techniques of editing and mise-en-scène previously thought to have originated with D. W. Griffith.


Introduction - Narrative Attractions
1. Méliès does tricks
2. Fantastic realism
3. The amazinf flying woman
4. Imaginary voyages


Elizabeth Ezra teaches in the French Department at the University of Stirling

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