Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Trip to Mars: 1910 SF movie produced by Thomas Edison

Check out what is perhaps the first American science fiction film: A Trip to Mars, a silent, four-minute, black-and-white motion picture produced by famed inventor Thomas Edison in 1910 for his Home Kinetoscope. The storyline revolves around a professor who discovers a reverse-gravity powder that carries him to the Red Planet, where he encounters a giant Martian that eventually blows him back to Earth!

According to the film restoration team: “We scanned 10,000 frames from the original print in our collection and reconstructed it. We also added a period sound track. As far as we can determine we hold the only existing copy.”

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