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Émile Reynaud (1844–1918)

His father was a watchmaker, his mother a schoolteacher. He was taught by his parents, and they believed he should learn whilst having fun. When his father died, him and mother both left Paris for Puy-en-Velay. He became a professor of physics and natural sciences, and taught from 1873 to 1877. During this time he invented the "praxinoscope" which... See full bio »

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Pauvre Pierrot Director
Guillaume Tell Director


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 1896 Guillaume Tell (Short)
 1896 Le premier cigare (Short)
 1894 Autour d'une cabine (Short)
 1894 Rêve au coin du feu (Short)
 1892 Le clown et ses chiens (Short)
 1892 Pauvre Pierrot (Short)
 1892 Un bon bock (Short)
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 1892 Pauvre Pierrot (Short) (producer)
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 1955 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
- The Story of the Animated Drawing (1955) ... Himself (uncredited)

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In time, his audience grew thinner at the Théâtre Optique, where his works were shown. In financial despair, and destitute, due to the new filming methods brought on by the Cinematograph, he threw most of his great works' and unique equipment into the Seine. See more »

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