When professional magician and theater producer/director Georges Méliès saw a moving picture demonstration in 1895, he was thoroughly enraptured and dedicated the rest of his life to the new art form. (One could make a convincing case that Méliès, invented stop-motion photography, the split screen, dissolves and fades.) One of his best-known works is the 1902 masterpiece A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune). Just 14 minutes long, Moon is the first-ever science fiction film and includes a team of scientists flying to the moon in a bullet-shaped rocket shot out of a canon (damn thing lands right in the Man in the Moon's eye). One of the many family-friendly Target Free First Sunday: To the Moon and Beyond events, Moon screens at 1:15 p.m. and is followed by E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial at 2 p.m. Target Free First Sunday is today from 1 to 5 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. Free.
Sun., Oct. 4, 1-5 p.m., 2009