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Lumière! (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 25 January 2017 (France)
A collection of restored prints from the Lumière Brothers.


Thierry Frémaux
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Credited cast:
Thierry Frémaux ... Narrator (voice)
Martin Scorsese ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Bellingard Pierre Bellingard ... Self (archive footage)
Ernestina Bossi Ernestina Bossi ... Self - Ballerina (archive footage)
François Clerc François Clerc ... The Gardener (archive footage)
Benoît Duval Benoît Duval ... The Boy (archive footage)
Leopoldo Fregoli ... Self (archive footage)
Loie Fuller ... Self (archive footage)
Madeleine Koehler Madeleine Koehler ... Self (archive footage)
Marcel Koehler Marcel Koehler ... Self (archive footage)
Eugénie Laurent Eugénie Laurent ... Self (archive footage)
François-Henri Lavanchy-Clarke François-Henri Lavanchy-Clarke ... Self (archive footage)
Andrée Lumière ... Self (archive footage)
Antoine Lumière ... Self (archive footage)
Auguste Lumière ... Self (archive footage)


A collection of restored prints from the Lumière Brothers.

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Includes 108 films out of over 1400 made by the Lumière company. See more »


Edited from Londres, Entrée du cinématographe (1896) See more »


Javotte - Fantaisie pour un orchestre / Rapsodie bretonne opus 7 bis - Allegretto / Rapsodie bretonne opus 7 bis - Andantino, Allegretto, Allegro quasi presto, Andantino, Allegretto / Andromaque - Ouverture. Andante, Allegro / Andromaque - Prélude du 4e acte / Suite en Ré opus 49 - Prélude. Allegretto moderato / Suite en Ré opus 49 - Sarabande. Sostenuto / Suite en Ré opus 49 - Gavotte. Vivace / Suite en Ré opus 49 - Romance. Andantino cantabile
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Conducted by David Robertson
(P) 1993
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Compilation of Lumière films restored in 4K
13 January 2018 | by BSKIMDBSee all my reviews

L´Institut Lumière, presided by Bertrand Tavernier et avec Thierry Frémaux as narrator, has issued for exhibition in cinemas this renewed session of some of the first moving images. Preceded in 2015 by the DVD "Lumière ! Le cinématographe 1895-1905" and intended to be followed by "L´aventure continue", it shows 114 selected subjects shooted by Auguste et Louis Lumière and the cameramen they sent around the world, like Alexandre Promio and others. By the way, they would encounter some problems in America with the Edison company.

The films, from 35 mm original negatives and each one of them 50 seconds long, assembled in chapters by subject, have been carefully restored in 4K technology to their best. And it is their best! The image quality is often stunning for these first pieces of glorious cinema from late 1890s until 1905. So much that when the film was shown in cinemas around France it largely surpassed Frémaux´s expectations, as he himself explains in the DVD extras. The screen ratio with rounded corners has been preserved so that watching them resembles the way in which the first public did. A Saint-Saëns soft contemporary soundtrack has been chosen, successfuly accompanying the images without overcoming them. And if the image quality of the short pieces is wonderful enough for their age, wait to see some autochromes as a surprise, unbelievably fresh and colourful as they had just been reenacted. There is also a guest appearance by Martin Scorsese hommaging the factory exit first film.

If the subjects themselves can be a bit boring for today´s audiences (mainly single plane location views, yet sometimes travellings and shots from a boat or train, even special effects), they are so brief and there are so varied that hardly become irrelevant. And as it is also noticed, they have an added quality : many of them distillate amusement, as the Lumière brothers and their friends as actors testify. It makes one but smile to see how their factory workers enjoyed a snow battle at Monplaisir. And although many of us have seen some time or another La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon or L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat (the first and one of the earliest footages from 1895), here we are presented with three diferent versions of the first and an excellent restoration of the second.

The only issues to be raised against this wonderfully fresh compilation are how nice it would have been to include a sample of the restoration process (comparing some fragments before and after) and the fact that, being all of them so brief, listening to the commentaries and/or reading subtitles takes time from watching the films themselves. There´s always the DVD option of watching them silent, as they originally were. Let´s wait that more of these careful compilations will follow in 4K.

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