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Georges Melies
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    (December 8, 1861-January 21, 1938)
    Birth name was Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès
    Pioneer of early cinema
    Owned the Houdin Theater in Paris, France
    Created over 500 films between 1895 and 1914, including 'Cinderella (1899),' 'Joan of Arc (1899),' 'Cleopatra's Tomb (1899),' 'Little Red Riding Hood (1901),' 'The Clown Vs. Satan (1901),' 'A Trip to the Moon (1902),' 'Gulliver's Travels (1902),' 'Robinson Crusoe (1902),' 'The Impossible Voyage (1904),' 'The Wandering Jew (1904) and 'Hamlet (1907)'
    He didn't profit much from his most famous film, 'A Trip to the Moon,' since it was one of the most pirated films of its time.
    He relied on special effects to captivate his audience (novelty act).
    He could not keep up with the ground-breaking techniques of following filmmakers, causing his filmmaking success to span less than a decade.
    He went bankrupt in 1920 and had to resort to selling toys at a concession stand.
    When he died, he was broke (even though the French government rewarded him with a free apartment where he spent his remaining years).
    He discovered many trick film techniques that made him instrumental to the birth of cinema.
    D. W. Griffith said: 'I owe him everything.'
    He received a French Legion of Honor medal.
    'A Trip to the Moon' was beautifully re-enacted in the Smashing Pumpkins 'Tonight Tonight' music video (directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris).
    He made the first film version of 'Cinderella' (1899).
    He was the first filmmaker to feature nudity.
    In 2017, Out of 7 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 97 Votes: 47.42% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 30.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 19 Votes: 57.89% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 9 Votes: 77.78% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 25 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 31 Votes: 51.61% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 154 Votes: 46.10% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 118 Votes: 46.61% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 302 Votes: 44.70% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 268 Votes: 44.40% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 518 Votes: 44.02% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1239 Votes: 46.49% Annoying
 
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