The Life of George Melies

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  • Maries Georges Jean Méliès was born

    Maries Georges Jean Méliès was born
    He was born in Paris and from an early age he showed a major interest in art.
  • George Melies studied aboard

    He studied in London because his parents wanted him to learn English and then intended on him working for his father at his footwear business.
  • George purchased the Theatre Robert Houdin

    George purchased the Theatre Robert Houdin
    He worked full time as a theatrical showman with performances of magic and illusions.
  • The Lumière brothers unveiled their Cinématographe to the public

    The Lumière brothers unveiled their Cinématographe to the public
    George Melies was in the audience and became a fan of motion pictures and wanted to start his own motion picture cinema.
  • George Melies presented his very own and first film

    George Melies presented his very own and first film
    His first films were one reel, one shot films and they each lasted for about one minute.
  • First Productions

    *Produced the first double exposure, La caverne Maudite.
    *Produced the first split screen with performers acting as different characters, Un Homme de tete.
    *Produced the first dissolve, Cendrillon (1899).
  • A Trip to the Moon was released

    A Trip to the Moon was released
    This was one of Georges longest and most elobrate films and was the most popular films of this era.
  • Georges was not producing 'up-to-date' films

    He was still using his ideas from 10 years before and new ideas had come out so his films were not as good anymore. This year he got out of the film production and resumed as a showman
  • Georges went bankrupt

    This is the time when Georges 'disappeared' from the face of Earth. He gave up his theater and all he had and no one had heard of him at this point until 1928 when he was awarded with the Legion of Honour by the French.
  • Georges Melies dies

    Georges Melies dies
    He had made over 500 films in his lifetime and starred in almost every single one.