Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is a French black and white film made in 1908, loosely based on stories by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. It is considered the first science fiction film ever made. You might recognize the film from the familiar picture of a rocket ship hitting the Man-in-the-Moon’s eye seen in the cover art below:
While the film has gone out of print, a hand-colored version – the only remaining surviving copy – was discovered in 1993. Masterfully restored, the film premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. A new soundtrack was specifically created by French electronic art-noir band Air.
Known for collaborating with director Sofia Coppola on her films (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette), sound-tracking Le Voyage Dans La Lune makes perfect sense for the band. The music is cinematic -some parts moody, some parts triumphant, mostly instrumental. It is exactly the type of music you imagine as you witness a spaceship fly through the night sky.
Check out a short clip from the film featuring the celebratory track Parade, as well as the gorgeous and chilling Seven Stars (with guest vocals from Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand)
Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune comes out 2/7 via Astralwerks (order here)