An Impossible Voyage (1904)

Article #366 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-16-2002
Posting date: 8-2-2002

Several travellers take a bizarre journey that eventually brings them to the sun itself.

This is another of Melies’ more extended shorts, and it hones pretty closely to the story format he came up with for A TRIP TO THE MOON. This time, after a few misadventures (including a bad car crash), they end up driving a train into the mouth of the sun, and they don’t even notice how hot it is until the sun rises. Entertaining, but once again, if you can get a narrated version, it helps. The one I saw was both narrated and hand-colored. It also may well be one of Melies’ funniest works.

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