Georges Méliès

1861 - 1938

Georges Méliès

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès (; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), was a French illusionist and film director who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was well known for the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour. He was also one of the first filmmakers to use storyboards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georges Méliès has received more than 2,161,416 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 22nd most popular film director.

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Among film directors, Georges Méliès ranks 22 out of 1,305Before him are Jean-Luc Godard, Leni Riefenstahl, Martin Scorsese, Luis Buñuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Miloš Forman. After him are Pedro Almodóvar, François Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni, Bernardo Bertolucci, Fritz Lang, and George Lucas.

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Among people born in 1861, Georges Méliès ranks 5Before him are Rabindranath Tagore, Fridtjof Nansen, Mehmed VI, and Rudolf Steiner. After him are Lou Andreas-Salomé, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Victor Horta, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Georgy Lvov, Robert Bosch, and Erich von Falkenhayn. Among people deceased in 1938, Georges Méliès ranks 3Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Edmund Husserl. After him are Karel Čapek, Konstantin Stanislavski, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Béla Kun, Nikolai Bukharin, Karl Kautsky, Faustina Kowalska, and Robert Johnson.

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Among people born in France, Georges Méliès ranks 193 out of 4,109Before him are Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Charles IV of France (1294), Théodore Géricault (1791), Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736), Louis X of France (1289), and Louis de Broglie (1892). After him are Pope Clement VI (1291), Alfred Sisley (1839), Henry II of England (1133), Gustave Doré (1832), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), and Gilles Deleuze (1925).


Among film directors born in France, Georges Méliès ranks 3Before him are Roman Polanski (1933) and Jean-Luc Godard (1930). After him are François Truffaut (1932), Jacques Tati (1907), Claude Chabrol (1930), Roger Vadim (1928), Alain Resnais (1922), William Wyler (1902), Éric Rohmer (1920), Luc Besson (1959), and Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943).

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