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CaixaForum: Homage to Georges Méliès

An Exhibition dedicated to the father of cinema illusion and special effects.

You may not know his name but you'll have seen some of his incredible work or maybe even seen Martin Scorsese's film 'Hugo' starring Ben Kingsley as the man himself - Georges Méliès, one of the
most important innovators in the nascent film industry.

Born in 1861 this French illusionist and film maker became famous for his many technical and narrative developments in the early days of cinema and was a pioneer in the use of multiple exposures,
time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour in his work. His films – he made 531 in total – leant towards horror and science fiction as these were best suited to his use of SFX and
probably his best known film is 'A trip to the Moon,' made in 1902 where Earthlings as shot to a lunar fantasy land by a giant canon.

The exhibition at Palma's CaixaForum explains for the first time Méliès' cultural, aesthetic and technical roots and shows us the origins of his world which we see in his films; animated shadows,
magic lantern, phantasmagoria, time lapse photography, illusion, magic and fantasy.

The exhibits all belong to the Cinémathèque Française and include cinematographic apparatus, Méliès' first camera and the costumes from A Trip to the Moon amongst many other items.

It's incredible to think that such a prolific and pioneering film maker spent the latter part of his life selling toys and sweets in a Paris railway station before being rediscovered (part of the
plot of Scorsese's Hugo) and honoured by the French authorities.

The exhibition is open

April 10th to 7th September

Monday to Saturday: 10.00 to 20.00

Sunday and holidays: 11.00 to 14.00

and costs €4