Friday, September 20, 2013

A Letter to Georges Méliès and "A Trip to the Moon"



Dear Mr. Georges Méliès

Hello! My name is Anna Eva Kotyza, a young lady living in the village of Rye near New York City, daughter of Knight Stanislav Robert Kotyza von Humpolec the first. I write to you as to inquire about the miraculous film you made, “Le Voyage dans la lune”, or in english, “A Trip to the Moon”. And what a miraculous thing the film is! I have never experienced such magic like a moving picture. You see, I visited New York City for a weekend to visit my Aunt Vilma, and for the first time I saw a film theater, a very rare place for a young lady like myself to be near, so I begged and begged until I was allowed to go by my aunt. Thinking it would be a magic show of sorts, it was so much more, Mr. Méliès . Some sort of sorcery overcame me when I saw the enormous white rectangle showing your moving images. And your motion picture pulled me into another world, a world where my wildest dreams fabricated into a living picture before my very eyes! Méliès, you have done an act of immense admiration, engraving these characters and even as the actors may die in real life, their images remains forever imprinted in history! 
As the film finished, I wondered if I may faint. I felt so overwhelmed, Mr. Méliès, you haven’t the slightest idea. The film itself was a journey into a world unknown, where I was right in front of the moon and the civilization on it, where I could stretch out my hand almost touch the fantastic moon civilians. I saw, right in front of me, the building of a ship and I so desperately desired to help the men boarding it and to go with them. Alas, I needed to sit down in my theater seat, but as I listened to the music, I was more than entertained, I was moved. The magic shown on screen proves how magic, and socery, really is real. And now, every time I look at the moon, I believe those people live there, in the magical world I will never see, except in you film. 
Thank you, Méliès, for giving me a slice of magic no one could. You are a suburb man and it would mean the world if you replied back to this letter. I am interested in seeing if we could meet the next time I visit Paris, as I still have some unnerving questions (did you really use magic to create this film, or are you such an exceptional illusionist that I am just taken aback by your work?). 

Warmest, 

Anna Eva Kotyza



  My character, a young lady in 1903, who has never seen  motion picture in her life, would have easily been shocked, amazed, and dumbfounded by seeing a motion picture for the first time. This is due to the fact  that seeing a still image itself was incredible at the time, but seeing moving images, and with music, telling a story, must have thrilled populations around the world. I chose “A Trip to the Moon” because its journey to a the moon with flawless illusions could have persuaded any young girl that magic, or people on the moon, could be real.