in about 100 words or less
France 20m, Silent B&W (tinted)
Director: Georges Méliès; Cast: Georges Méliès, [?]
Similar in look and story to his earlier film A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Impossible Voyage is an adaptation of the 1882 Jules Verne story of the same name. At about twenty minutes in length, this was an especially ambitious film for the time which employed a host of special effects, models and animation to bring to life the story of an intrepid group of Belle Époque-aged explorers who make their way to the sun and back in a locomotive equipped with a host of mechanical wonders, including an ice box which is intended to keep them cool, and a submarine which they use to make their way back to earth. Building upon the success of his trip to the moon, Méliès’ impossible voyage to the sun employed similarly staged theatrical sets and elaborate costuming which give the appearance that this voyage was intended as a sequel to his earlier and more widely known voyage dans la lune (Klaus Ming December 2011).