When Méliès first encountered the cinema, it was still a young technology that even its own inventors – the Lumière Brothers – didn’t give much chance of surviving. Méliès was the one who combined passion for technical experimentation with a vision of the future and laid down the “rules” of writing for the cinema and demonstrated all its potential.
Today’s technology lets us review the entire movie-making production process in the blink of an eye. Filming, montage, superimposure, editing, and projection can all be done and produced in real time, creating under the name “live cinema” an entirely new breed of live performance.
We like to imagine what Méliès would have done with these tools in his hands and how much they would have served his fervid imagination. Just look what he accomplished with the rudimentary cameras and implements of his day! We like to think he would have canonized the rules of movie writing and developed a new language.
More than anything else, we like to think how all this would have offered a new way for him to bring his fanta-science dreams, his most disturbing nightmares, and perhaps even his utopian ideas of the 21st century to the silver screen.