The Lumiere Brothers' First Films
This restored collection of the works of cinema pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumiere is a must-see for film historians and fans of movies in general.
When they turned a motion picture camera on fellow factory workers leaving work for the day on March 19, 1895, the Lumiere Brothers shot the world's first film. It wasn't until they premiered their footage in December of that same year that the art of cinema was truly born. As they continued to develop their miraculous invention, the cinematographe, the brothers boldly began to film natural events as they unfolded. Shot in a series of unedited takes that usually last about one minute, their wide-ranging catalog is more documentary-like than fictional or abstract.
Included in this remarkable collection is "The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat," "Demolition of a Wall," "A Sprinkler Sprinkled," and other rare works. Providing even greater historical insight into the images is the narration by director Bertrand Tavernier, who describes the influence of the Lumiere Brothers' aesthetic on world cinema.

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:02:45 | 3.56 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Silent
Subtitles: none
Genre: Documentary, History

-- Piano score composed and performed by Stuart Oderman
-- Commentary in English by Bertrand Tavernier (with piano score)
-- Commentary in French by Thierry Fremaux, Director of the Institut Lumiere

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