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Air Composes Music For 'A Trip To The Moon'


The French duo Air has written music for films before — its compositions appear in Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette — but never before had it composed music for anything as classic and internationally treasured as French filmmaker Georges Méliès' groundbreaking 1902 film Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon).

The innovative silent film was the first movie in the science-fiction genre, and used ingenious special effects to re-create a fantastical trip to the moon and back. Originally released in black and white, a rare hand-colored version of the film was discovered in Barcelona in 1993. Restoration work was completed earlier this year.

With that version of the film fully restored, Air's Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel were asked to write a new, modern score.   

Inspired by their work, Godin and Dunckel decided to expand their composition for the original 16-minute film into a full-length album, also titled Le Voyage Dans La Lune. 

Le voyage dans la lune film réalisé par Georges Méliès. Version restaurée en 2011 avec le soutien de La Fondation Groupama Gan pour le cinéma. Réalisée avec Lobster Films et la Fondation Technicolor pour le Patrimoine du Cinéma, cette restauration est la plus complexe et la plus ambitieuse de l'histoire du cinéma. Musique par le groupe AIR. Lobster Films-Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma-Fondation Technicolor pour le Patrimoine du Cinéma.

Le voyage de la lune