Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the ... See full summary »
A rowboat with three men is leaving a little harbor. Two of them are rowing the boat, while the third is sitting in the stern. All of them wear hats. They are passing the outer end of a ... See full summary »
Mrs. Auguste Lumiere,
A stationary camera, looking diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield, records the horses as they race past. Once they are out of view and the race is over, police officers run onto... See full summary »
It's a Funny Old World. Let's Make a Movie About It
Against the background an architrave of an aqueduct, a small group of sombrero-hatted men ride their horses. A few seconds. a larger group pursues them. It's a typical, well-composed actuality that you'd expect from the folks who worked for Lumiere.
Gabriel Veyre, who shot this actuality, was a globe-trotting exhibitor for about seven years. In Mexico in 1896, he shot a bunch of movies, then went to other places to show movies and shoot some more. Lumiere distributed his movies. He died in Morocco in 1936, where he had resided for many years, working as a newspaper correspondent.
His cameraman on this and his other Mexican films was Claude Ferdinand Bon Bernard. About that individual, all that is known is that fact.
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