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Leaving the Factory (1895)

La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon (original title)
Workers leaving the Lumière factory for lunch in Lyon, France in 1895; a place of great photographic innovation and one of the birth places of cinema.


Louis Lumière




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 long dresses and big hats, but some are men. Suddenly a man with a long apron rushes out through the crowd, followed by a big dog. At last some men on bikes leave the gateway. When all workers have left the factory, the doorkeeper starts closing the gates again. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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This film's existence was forgotten shortly after it was screened. It was rediscovered in 1985 in Lyon, France, 90 years after it was shot. See more »

Alternate Versions

Three versions of the film exist. There are a number of differences between them, such as the clothing styles worn by the workers change to reflect the different seasons the versions were shot in, and the horse-drawn carriage that appears in the first version is pulled by one horse, two horses in the second version, and no horse and no carriage in the third version. See more »


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Historic French leaving work action
16 August 2001 | by mjc8See all my reviews

This is it!! if your looking for a thrilling few minutes of the French leaving work then it does not get any better than this.Action to look out for includes,

French woman walking at the screen, French bloke wobbling on his bike, The closing of the gates cliff-hanger Finale.

Oh and its maybe the most important few minutes in the history of cinema.

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Catalogue Lumiere | Official site





Release Date:

22 March 1895 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Exiting the Factory See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyon, France

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Lumière See more »
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1.33 : 1
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