Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In 1881, in Algeria, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are fighting a duel when a comet brushing Earth takes the two men to the Moon where they discover a prehistoric civilization.
Some US advertising materials promoted the movie as having been filmed in "Monstascope", suggesting some kind of wide-screen process, but this was entirely misleading. In fact, the film was photographed with spherical lenses and projected at 1.85:1 - wider than regular Academy aperture (1.37:1), but not quite CinemaScope.
It's amazing how a Frenchman always finds a woman.
Some of the archive monster footage edited from One Million B.C. (1940), was shot in an anamorphic wide screen process, and is here seen squeezed to fit the narrower 1.85:1 non-anamorphic ratio.