VOYAGE A LA PLANETE JUPITER (1909)
aka Le voyage sur Jupiter, A Trip to Jupiter
Article 3594 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-31-2011
Posting Date: 6-17-2011
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
What it is: Early space travel film
A king, after having spent the evening looking at the planets with an astronomer, dreams that he climbs a ladder to Jupiter.
Though it’s obvious the Segundo de Chomon was familiar with Melies’s A TRIP TO THE MOON, he doesn’t slavishly imitate it. In this case, the trip is a dream, and the method of travel (a ladder) is certainly novel. Getting there is half the fun, which is just as well; not a whole lot happens when he gets there; the king encounters some tumbling space people and meets another king who has fire in his touch, and then he is unceremoniously tossed off the planet. It’s entertaining enough, though it’s simply not up to the level of the Melies classic.