What was the first science-fiction film? It would have to be Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon), written and directed by Georges Méliès. Released in France in 1902, it even provides a glimpse of the moon’s inhabitants, the insect-like Selenites.
According to Wikipedia, “Méliès had intended on releasing the film into the United States to profit from it; however, Thomas A. Edison’s film technicians had secretly made copies of it and distributed it throughout the country, thus putting money into Edison’s pocket. Méliès never profited from it and eventually went broke.”
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