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Video: Listen to French Electro-Duo Air's Score for Melies' "A Trip to the Moon"

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2011 at 2:22PM

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."
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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]

This article is related to: Martin Scorsese


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.