Wintertime in Lyons. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of opportunity. He falls off his bicycle. He’s not hurt, but he rides back the way he came, as the fight continues. Uh-oh. He forgot his cap in the snow. —IMDb
Louis Jean Lumière, Born 5 October 1864 in Besançon (France). Died 6 June 1948 in Bandol (France).
Although no-one will ever come up with a definitive answer as to who “invented” the cinema (probably because no one single person was responsible), Louis Lumiere has one of the strongest claims to the title – for it was he (with his brother Auguste) who invented the cinematographe: a machine that combined the functions of camera and projector and was thus able to project films onto a screen to an audience. The invention was patented on February 13 1895, and a programme of short films directed and photographed by Louis was first unveiled to the general public on 28 December 1895 – a date that many historians claim to be the birthdate of the cinema as we know it. The cinematographe was an immediate hit, and its influence was colossal – within just two years, the Lumiere catalogue included well over a thousand films, all of them single-shot efforts running under a minute, and many photographed… read more