Another great work by Georges Méliès. Running at 25 minutes, it’s about 5 minutes longer than the average film at the time and I think it really stands out among any other film made at the time including Méliès’ other films.
“The Impossible Voyage” tells the story of a geographic society that decides to an epic voyage around the world. A submarine, an automobile, and a large railway box car filled with ice and carried by balloon are in the plans to make the trip to the the sun in deep space and the depths of the ocean. One of my favorite scenes are the shots of the preperations of the vehicles. The sets made up of gadgets and mechanisms working together to make a science-fiction/ futuristic atmosphere are like no other special effects from the era.
In my opinion, this film is full of the greatest scenes in early cinema. My favorites are the ascent into the sun and the train, carried by balloon, is swallowed by the sun. The voyagers then drop off the sun and descend into the depths of the ocen. The cutaway scenes of the inside of the train and the submarine are very creative.
I feel like i’m inside of a science-fiction comic book watching this flick. I highly suggest you check out the video.
Also, if you haven’t seen Martin Scorsese’s newest film “Hugo” (2011) I suggest you see it. It’s based on Georges Méliès and it’s really neat!