Cannes 2011: Méliès's Fully Restored A Trip To The Moon in Color To Screen Fest's Opening Night

Check out the clip below from the digital restoration of hand-tinted 1902 film "Trip to the Moon," complete with French electronic duo Air’s contemporary film score, which debuted at Cannes and played Telluride. The new soundtrack gives a playful, energizing burst of vigor to the vibrant print. The pioneering short also plays a key role in Martin Scorsese's nostalgic loveletter to filmmaker Georges Melies, "Hugo."

Air’s previous contributions to film scores include Sofia Coppola’s trio of little girl lost films (“The Virgin Suicides,” Lost in Translation,” “Marie Antoinette”), but after producing a soundtrack for this pioneering 16-minute piece, the pair was so inspired that they expanded the score into a full-length album. Also titled “Le Voyage Dans La Lune,” this album is slated for a February 6 release date in the U.S. [Via NPR Music, The Playlist]