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Mon, Dec 05


Online Lecture

THE BIRTH OF CINEMA: first films, soap-operas and detective stories ever filmed

The concept of “motion-pictures” later called “cinema” was born during la Belle Époque. In 1892, the first “cinématographe” camera was invented by Leon Bouly. It was able to record, develop & project motion pictures. We will enjoy the oeuvre of those great pioneers in this 1 hour talk more inf below

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THE BIRTH OF CINEMA: first films, soap-operas and detective stories ever filmed
THE BIRTH OF CINEMA: first films, soap-operas and detective stories ever filmed

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Dec 05, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT

Online Lecture


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Join us for the great pioneers of cinema: Les Freres Lumiere, Georges Méliès, Charles Pathé and León Gaumont! 

The first films ever made lasted for only one minute. We will witness the birth of the first comedy, the first horror film, the first series of 25 minutes episodes. All was invented in the first decade of the 20th century. Innovations that we still use today such as: storyboards, fade-in and fade-out, jump-cut, overlapping dissolves, special effects, multiple exposures, etc. Lumière and Méliès had a very different approach to how to use “le cinématographe”, maybe that’s why le Parisiennes called baptised them as “Lumière du Jour” and “Méliès de la Nuit”. Pathé and Gaumont were more focused on the business than in artistic creations. The golden age of the cinema will come when the industry moved to Hollywood due to the WWI.

delivered by Maria Chester

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This lecture will be recorded and can be bought as an On Demand lecture for members of our database once the talk has finished.

Previous lectures in our series of art during the Belle Epoque can also be bought as recordings by members of our database here.


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