We synced up the silent film, “A Trip to the Moon” with four songs from the Smashing Pumpkin’s “Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness” album.
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In May of 1996, the alt-rock band Smashing Pumpkins released a music video for their song, “Tonight, Tonight”. That video, back when music videos were a big deal in the music industry, went on to win the MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year award. It has been ranked on many lists as one of the greatest music videos of all time.
The video for “Tonight, Tonight”, was asthenicly and narratively inspired by the George Melies 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon.
The Music Video for “Tonight, Tonight”
Chances are you may have seen this video at some point, but if not, here it is. Great video, and great song:
George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon
In 1902 French film director George Melies released La Voyage dans la Lune, which in English translates to A Trip to the Moon. The film, which was loosely based on science fiction novels by Jules Verne was considered groundbreaking at the time, because of its wizard-like innovations in special effects.
The film is considered by many to be one of the most important of all-time, influencing generations of filmmakers all over the world. It was the inspiration for the Smashing Pumpkins video, the Brian Selznick book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and its Martin Scorsese adaptation Hugo.
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A Trip to the Moon With a Full Smashing Pumpkins Soundtrack
This is one that I am particularly proud of. I grew up on music videos and the music of the Smashing Pumpkins, and I love old films. As of late, I’ve been getting into early cinema more. Sometimes I look around YouTube for a particular video I’d like to see, but if I can’t find it, I make it myself if I can. That’s how this project came about. (I have a full Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album visuals edit that I’m finishing up, and will post here in a couple of weeks. The Pink Floyd project came about the same way.)
If the video below is choppy because of internet speed, you may want to download it. (It’s also best with headphones, I think.) Alright, enough talk, here is George Melies’ A Trip too the Moon with a full Smashing Pumpkins soundtrack:
The videos are up on YouTube but I had to split them because YouTube only generally allows for one copyrighted song per music video. Here is a link to our YouTube page.
The video is also up on Google Drive.
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