Trasfoco: The Volcano Section

The Terrible Eruption of Mount Pelee and Destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique

As the film historian Noël Burch once wrote, the first film images seen in France were basically a form of popular entertainment. The upper classes, who identified more with classic theatre and opera, looked down on cinema, which was generally shown in huts and stalls at fairs that attracted the working classes. This short film made in 1902 by Georges Méliès (1861-1938), the great magician of cinema who introduced some of the earliest innovations in special effects, captures the gaze of the beholder with a shocking volcanic eruption. Even today, this little piece of fiction still has the power to amaze us.

Screening

Date
Thursday, 21/11/2018
Time
7:30 pm
Venue
Cueva de los Verdes
Runtime
1′

Crew

Director
Georges Méliès
Script
Georges Méliès
Photography
Georges Méliès

Technical sheet

Original title
Éruption volcanique à la Martinique
Year
1902
Country
France
Exhibition format
Digital file