“Forgotten Hollywood”- Of Grave Concern…

Posted on June 27, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Georges Méliès is one of the pioneering figures in cinema, often credited as the person who created special effects on film. Sadly, his amazing talent is relatively unknown today. Though Martin Scorsese attempted to tell his story to the screen with his movie Hugo. His family has started the restoration project of his cemetery plot completely on their own, without the help of any international cinema foundation, or government institutions like the French Ministry of Culture.

“`The French icon authored some of the most recognizable classics of the early silent era, at the dawn of the twentieth century. His most notable works are A Trip to the Moon, made in 1902, and The Impossible Voyage, an adaptation of Jules Verne’s play Journey Through the Impossible. His productions are often examined by historians and filmmakers, although their timeless charm definitely deserves attention.

“`Méliès tomb in the famous Parisian Père Lachaise Cemetery has become a place of pilgrimage for cinema lovers. His family has searched for options to restore it to its exact look from 1954 when his bust was added to the tomb, which was originally erected after his demise in 1938. Parts of the grave are visibly damaged, the stone itself has become porous.

“`Georges’ great-great-granddaughter, Pauline Duclaud-Lacoste, oversaw a crowdfunding campaign. They raised enough cash to renovate and maintain the grave for twelve years.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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