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Démolition d'un mur (1896)

Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »

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Louis Lumière
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Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a pick. When the wall hits the ground, a cloud of white dust whirls up. Three workers continue the demolition of the wall with picks. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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demolition | 1890s | 19th century | See All (3) »

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Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

France

Release Date:

6 March 1896 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Demolition of a Wall See more »

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Lumière See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is notable for the fact it is believed to be World's First film using reverse-motion. To make the effect that the wall was rebuilding itself the traveling Lumiere cameraman would reverse the reel and play the film backwards, to astound the audience. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 2 minute version exists, showing the wall being «rebuilt», in a time-reversal effect, which corresponds to what the original projectionists achieved by playing the film back with no pause after it's end. See more »

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Featured in Lumiere's First Picture Shows (2013) See more »

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The demolition of a wall
1 March 2005 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

Even when you could not care less about what you see on screen, watching a single shot created by Louis and Auguste Lumière gives you a weird feeling. Knowing that the images are shot over a hundred years ago, knowing that their little films are so important for the cinema we have today, makes it very interesting.

In 'Démolition d'un Mur' we see a man ordering his workers to tear down a wall. It represents a lot of things, whether that is intended or not, and that makes this single shot even more interesting. For its historical value alone it is worth watching, but there is some real joy in watching this Lumière film.


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