In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".
In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.
Atop a wonderful central pedestal, a happy clown puts the finishing touches on a William Tell's incomplete model, assembling the mannequin limb by limb with the intention of shooting a target off of its head with a potent crossbow.
The answer: No, maybe not. "Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station" is the great pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès's eighth film, and the second film he produced. By many film historians, it is believed to be lost. No known evidence of its survival is available.
However, according to some, this short film (a variation on the Lumiere Bro's "Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat") may actually survive in the form of a flip-book published by Leon Beaulieu around the turn of the century. There is no evidence that this flip-book (available on YouTube) is a surviving copy of this film, so like I said, there's a chance I haven't actually seen this film. The flip-book is only about 20 seconds long, and being a flipbook and not an actual film it is extremely grainy and very animated-looking. Since so many films of trains arriving were made at this point in history, there's only about a 10% chance that this is the right film. Others have suggested that this flip-book may be another Méliès film from the same year, "Arrival of a Train (Joinville Station)", while others still believe it to be a Lumiere film. There's just not any real proof that it's still surviving.
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