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Cutting-edge tech notwithstanding, Martin Scorsese's 3D showreel Hugo has nothing on the George Méliès movies that inspired it. Fortunately, the recent restoration of Méliès' foundational A Trip to the Moon means audiences can experience the film as they would have a century ago, its fantastic black-and-white images hand-dyed into an approximation of full color. Of course, in 1902, the accompanying music wouldn't have sounded anything like the French electro-pop duo Air's new score, which pays tribute to the Méliès otherworldly vision while preventing it from seeming like a simply museum piece. Like Flicker Alley's extraordinary new Blu-ray, the International House screening is accompanied by The Extraordinary Voyage, an engaging history that takes A Trip to the Moon from its turn-of-the-century origins all the way through the massive task of restoring it.
Wed., April 18, 7 p.m., $7-$9, with The Extraordinary Voyage, International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org.