L'ar­rivée du cin­ema

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

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)

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