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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.
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Cast

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

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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Country:

France

Release Date:

25 January 1896 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Arrival of a Train See more »

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Lumière See more »
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Silent

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1.31 : 1
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Trivia

The screening of this film on December 28, 1895, is one of the earliest known instances of a paying audience coming together to see a film. However, there had already been screenings of other films that year, such as Young Griffo v. Battling Charles Barnett (1895) in May and a medley of several shorts in Berlin in November (see Das boxende Känguruh (1895). See more »

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Referenced in Dimension 404: Cinethrax (2017) See more »

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Truly Historical, But Not The First Film
18 January 2002 | by jacobwSee all my reviews

The other reviewers are correct that this is a remarkable piece of history, but it is not the first movie. What film earns that honor depends partly on how you define movies. If you consider Edison's Kinetoscope shorts to be movies, the first movies were from 1893. And even before Edison, there had been some experimentation with projected motion pictures. Even if you give the Lumiere brothers credit for inventing the form (which is a very reasonable decision, but not an inevitable one), I believe their first film was "Workers Leaving The Factory" (aka " Sortie des usines Lumière, La (1895) ") Also, according to the "Oxford History of World Cinema", reports that terrified audience members hid under their seats when the film was first shown are probably apocryphal. Still, this (and the Lumiere brothers other early shorts) are well worth seeing for anyone who loves movies.


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