The ‘plot’ is outlined by the title: the film consists of a single shot of workers leaving the Lumiere factory, and the film would be of virtually no interest (except to students of late 19th century clothing) were it not for the fact that it was the first film ever to be projected to a paying audience, and is consequently one of the most important films in the history of the cinema. —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
This footage is much more important than "it being or not being the first motion picture". It captured a moment in time that becomes more refined the older it gets.
Going by the changeover on movie theater marquees, the July 4 weekend starts today. Time Out New York's David Fear reminds us that what