L'arrivée du cinema
The year is 1895 and the scene is Le Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris. An audience sits before a giant screen. Suddenly, a moving image appears – an enormous train is rushing towards the audience members. Screaming, they jump out of their seats and run wildly towards the exits.
Like L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (The arrival of a train at La Ciotat station), cinema, too, had just arrived. The story of the audience’s terror at this inaugural screening of the first film may be apocryphal, but there’s no doubt that the two French brothers who made the film – Auguste and Louis Lumière – set the world alight, inventing a whole new art form.
Lumière Cinematograph advertisement (1895)