This is January’s edition of Comet Over Hollywood’s classic film references in music videos.
In light of the hit film “Hugo” (2011) that pays tribute to French film pioneer George Méliès, I wanted to share the 1996 video “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins from their album Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.
The film plays off the theme of “A Trip To The Moon & The Extraordinary Voyage” (1902) where people get into a strange flying contraption-this time something that looks like a zeppelin and not a space ship- and fly to outer space. The flying vehicle passes the same moon from “A Trip to the Moon” that the space ship flies into and the passengers meet similar space monsters as in the film.
The video further pays tribute Méliès by having a scene with mermaids-referencing another short film he made-and having a ship float by at the end named the S.S. Méliès.
Though Méliès was a pioneer of modern film, he couldn’t keep up with the changing times and died bitter and poor; working selling toys in a strain station- as we see in “Hugo.”
I am pleased to see that not only the recent film and this music video give him he recognition he deserves.
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