- By Eric Kohn
- November 13, 2011 3:39 PM
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The iconic moment from "A Trip to the Moon."
Usually, the prospects of digital colorization make a large contingency of movie buffs instantly livid. The recent color restoration of George Méliès's seminal 1902 "A Trip to the Moon" provides a rare exception. Exhumed from the archives of a private collection in 1993, the ultra-rare nitrate print fell into the hands of committed restoration expert Serge Bromberg at Lobster Films around 10 years ago. It took a long time to get the print back in shape
, and some images were unsalvageable, necessitating the aid of a computer on numerous frames to mimic the hand-colored images that remained. Twenty-first century technology became the crutch, not an update, bringing Méliès' playfully surreal sci-fi snapshot to vivid life in the way he always intended it.