Another milestone in film history - this may well have been the very first film to have been developed and shown to its subjects (the members of the Congress of Photographic Societies) on ... See full summary »
A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more.
The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank.
A male lion, right next to bars that are about 6 or 8 inches apart, keenly watches a uniformed zoo attendant toss small morsels of food into the cage. The lion alternates between finding ... See full summary »
A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one ... See full summary »
A stationary camera, looking diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield, records the horses as they race past. Once they are out of view and the race is over, police officers run onto... See full summary »
Another milestone in film history - this may well have been the very first film to have been developed and shown to its subjects (the members of the Congress of Photographic Societies) on the same day that they were filmed Written by
Michael Brooke <email@example.com>
This is quite unique in the history of cinema, not only because it is one of the first films ever made, but because the people who appear on it are also the members of the first audience to see it projected onto a screen. The people filmed disembarking from a boat are photographers arriving for a congress on photography at which the Lumiere's demonstrated their invention - and how better to amaze your peers than to show them their own moving image smiling, waving or studiously ignoring the curious contraption greeting them on the dock. It's quite an interesting film - better than the more famous sortie de l'usine because the workers leaving the factory in that film were aware that they were to be filmed and were instructed not to stare at the camera (although a few obviously couldn't resist...)
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