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The Mechanical Butcher (1895)

La Charcuterie mécanique (original title)
A butcher puts a full-grown live pig into his large box-like machine. Moments later, he draws out a full range of pork products, many already packaged for sale.

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Louis Lumière
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A butcher puts a full-grown live pig into his large box-like machine. Moments later, he draws out a full range of pork products, many already packaged for sale.

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France

Release Date:

1 February 1895 (France) See more »

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The Mechanical Butcher See more »

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Lumière See more »
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Silent
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Lumière no. 107. See more »

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Edited into The Lumière Brothers' First Films (1996) See more »

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First science fiction film?
4 July 2003 | by petteri-kalliomakiSee all my reviews

In Phil Hardy's encyclopedia of science fiction films, this 50-second movie by Lumière was celebrated as the first science fiction film ever. Why not? It is the first time there was given a cinematic form for fear of technology. Here the theme is dealed with humour. There is a big box with circulaw saw in it. A pig is put in and it comes out as sausages and other kind of meat products.

Of course, you can't seriously talk about science fiction films as a genre before the 50's, but "La charcuterie mécanique" has certainly a scifi-angle in it.

Anyway, this is the funniest film by Lumière I have seen, and least dated of his fictitious subjects.


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