Solar Eclipse in Tahiti, French Polynesia, July 11, 2010

Countdown to Eclipse


Georges Melies, the French pioneer of cinema and special effects, gives a melancholy and poetic interpretation of the eclipse in this black and white short film. Realized in 1907, it was entirely shot in a studio, and was featured during fairs. It is part of the « journeys through the impossible » series made between 1896 and 1914, which are « enchanting, mysterious, naive small films with poetic beauty but seem to be today obsolete» (Source: Wikipedia)

Below is an excerpt from « The Eclipse of the Sun Full Moon » by Georges Melies.