The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France).
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 »
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 »
Wintertime in Lyon. 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 »
Although titled "a general view of the pyramids" it's actually a profile of the Sphinx with a couple of pyramids behind it.
Comparing this to Edison's view of the Statue of Liberty of the same period, we can see that the Lumieres knew what they were doing, while Edison's people didn't get it. While Edison's shot of the Statue just sits there, the very opposite of a motion picture, this scene is varied by having some riders moving in front of the Sphynx. Thus, this combines the two key points of a motion picture: there's a picture and there's motion, something which seems to have escaped the Americans. It's also a much better composition.
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