One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give ...
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Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
Carmaux is in south-central France, near the Tarn River. As a brick of coke, about four feet high and three feet wide, is gradually pushed out of a smelter into a yard, one worker sprays it... See full summary »
In commedia dell'arte style, an actor on a stool presents six distinct characters through speedy application of whiskers and a hat or, in one case, a wig followed by a few gestures. First ... See full summary »
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »
A baby is seated at a table between its cheerful parents, Auguste and Marguerite Lumière. While the father is feeding the baby with a spoon, the mother is pouring coffee into her cup. The ... See full summary »
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Wintertime in Lyons. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »
A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »
One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give advice. The boys are in short pants; the girls have pulled up their skirts and petticoats and stuck in their sashes. Not a clam is to be seen, although one lass checks her net a couple of times. The children's outfits (trim hats on each child and lace on each girl) suggest wealth and high society. Written by
This pleasant and engaging Lumière feature is enjoyable to watch, and it also shows the feel that Lumière had for choosing subject matter for his pioneering movies. As simple as it is, the footage of children digging for clams works in itself, and it can also help to conjure up other childhood memories and activities.
The children seem to have having a great time, whether or not they catch anything. Their zeal for a simple task (which an adult would probably consider to be work) is similar to many other things that the young do in exploring the natural world, and it is worthwhile just to see such eager innocence.
It's also interesting to note that almost all of the children take no notice of the camera, intent as they are on their quest for clams. One girl, though, very obviously cannot resist an occasional peek at the camera, and it makes for some endearing moments. The nice clothing that the children are wearing (while playing in the mud) just seems to add to the overall effect.
The whole scene is set up nicely, so as to catch a lot in the camera field. It's a simple, pleasant feature of the kind that still retains its appeal even many years later.
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