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The 13-minute "Le voyage dans la lune," (A Trip to the Moon), 1902, was one of over 500 works credited to the French illusionist-cum-film pioneer Georges Melies (1861-1938). It was also among the seven Melies shorts (ranging from two to 20 minutes in length) projected during "Solitudes," a special event staged at Metropolis-Sofil for the European Film Festival.Three films depict fanciful voyages and three are interested in the celestial spheres (whether traveling to them or observing them from Earth).It harkens back to the days when silent movies were the norm and picture houses employed musicians to perform the accompaniment live. The idea of the cine-concert is to refresh the silent film experience with the performance of a new score.Its seven titles were scored by five musicians, all veterans of the city's experimental music scene.It can be interesting listening to experimental musicians score a silent movie.The cine-concert shoehorns amateur film historians into the same theater as experimental music junkies.
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