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The Arrival of a Train (1896)

L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat (original title)
A train arrives at La Ciotat station.




Credited cast:
Madeleine Koehler Madeleine Koehler ... Self
Marcel Koehler Marcel Koehler ... Self
Mrs. Auguste Lumiere ... Self
Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière ... Self
Rose Lumière ... Self
Suzanne Lumière Suzanne Lumière ... Self


A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, the line dissolves. The doors of the railway-cars open, and people on the platform help passengers to get off. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Documentary | Short


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Since this was the first motion picture some people had ever seen, reportedly audience members in the front row sometimes attempted to jump out the way of the train, as they thought it was going to hit them. See more »


Referenced in Filmstunde: Filmstunde 4 (1992) See more »

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I Love the 90's...the 1890's!
27 October 2004 | by notdempseySee all my reviews

Like the notorious inflation adjustment that gives Gone With the Wind (1939) the unbreakable box-office high, a slight technological adjustment given the time (109 years ago!) gives Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895) the best special effects ever (relatively speaking, of course). Forget King Kong (1933), throw out Star Wars (1977), Arrival of a Train' blew audiences away with a little thing called moving pictures. There's a classic rumor of audiences running away from the movie screen, expecting the train to crash right through! As scary as Kong was, nobody expected him to reach into the audience and pick out a few snacks!

Also, it may not have been all that intentional, but the composition of this static, one-minute shot is excellent, and still unrivaled. The perspective of the train zooming past the lens like a wild stampede, the quick stop, then, the explosion of activity: people coming, going, on the train, off the train. What crisp energy! What a film! Viva la Lumiere!

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25 January 1896 (France) See more »

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1.31 : 1
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