« AMERICAN MÉLIÈS »  /  « MÉLIÈS L’AMÉRICAIN » (in development / en développement)


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Gaston Méliès, older brother of Georges Méliès, spent ten years in the USA from 1902 to 1912. He made films first in New York and New Jersey, then in San Antonio (Texas), and finally in Santa Paula (California). At a time when there was not yet a clear line between fiction and documentary, he produced newsreels, dramas and even some of the first westerns, paving the way for what was to become Hollywood. This is his long forgotten story, told in an hybrid film mixing contemporary shots and archival material. Playing with the boundaries of fiction and documentary, it is in the same spirit that Gaston Méliès did.