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 »
Members of the French Photographic Society arrive from a riverboat to their congress venue in Neuville-sur-Saône on a summer day. They go ashore across a wooden landing stage. Among the ... See full summary »
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 »
The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France).
Although titled "a general view of the pyramids" it's actually a profile of the Sphinx with a couple of pyramids behind it.
Comparing this to Edison's view of the Statue of Liberty of the same period, we can see that the Lumieres knew what they were doing, while Edison's people didn't get it. While Edison's shot of the Statue just sits there, the very opposite of a motion picture, this scene is varied by having some riders moving in front of the Sphynx. Thus, this combines the two key points of a motion picture: there's a picture and there's motion, something which seems to have escaped the Americans. It's also a much better composition.
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