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Antoine Lumière (1840–1911)

In 1860 Antoine Lumière left his hometown in the Haute-Saône to set up a photography business in Besançon. His first son, Auguste was born in 1862, and the second, Louis, arrived two years later. In 1870 Antoine moved to Lyons with his family and opened a new workshop. Over the next 10 years he gradually built up an industrial manufacturing plant ... See full bio »


(age 71) in Paris, France

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 1996 The Lumière Brothers' First Films (Documentary)
Himself - Lumières' Father, Playing Cards (from 'Partie d'écarte (1895)')
 1896 The Messers. Lumière at Cards (Documentary short)
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After the fabled 1895 debut of the cinematograph, Antoine Lumière was asked the price of the invention by famous illusionist Georges Méliès and replied: "The invention is not for sale. It would be the ruin of you. It can be exhibited for a while due to its scientific interest, but apart from that the machine has no future." See more »

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