The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888. It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince's son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince's mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The 'actors' are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera. It lasts for less than 2 seconds and includes 24 frames.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The very dawn of a new form of art and entertainment
It is impossible to judge this film, seeing as it was made in 1888 and involves two seconds of people walking around in a yard. Louis Le Prince never would have known, that by filming a family in their yard, that he was creating a new form of art and entertainment, the most important form of entertainment of our time. This is indeed the most important movie ever made, as it is the first movie ever made. This should be shown in all history classes and to anyone interested in film or history, it is an extremely under-recognized landmark in the progress of art. The only way this film exists now is on an Internet web site (featured here on the Video Clips page). By all means, watch this, as it is the most important two seconds in all of cinema. Lastly, this is proof that from small things, comes great things (or something around those lines).
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