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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

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In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

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The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888. It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince's son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince's mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The 'actors' are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera. It lasts for less than 2 seconds and includes 24 frames. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince's mother-in-law, who died in October of 1888, appears in the film, which is why there is some certainty regarding its chronology. See more »

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2 August 2006 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

How interesting, moving images from 1888. This film only plays for two seconds and could be considered as the first film ever made, at least the first one where the prints have survived.

That director is Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, who mysteriously disappeared in 1890 after making only two short films. The other one is 'Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge' also from 1888. Le Prince is the first great name when you talk about motion pictures, even though Lumière and Edison are much more famous. Seeing his two films, both two seconds long, gives a special feeling. Basically you are watching the birth of cinema. It is the same feeling you get while watching early work from Edison (his kinetoscopic record of a sneeze), Lumière (the arrival of a train) and Méliès (the first science-fiction narrative). You should try it!

The two seconds of 'Roundhay Garden Scene' contains two men and two women in Roundhay Garden. One of the men seems to follow a woman while the other man is crossing the screen changing his path to the other man in the last fraction of the shot. What happens there?


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