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Auguste and Louis Lumière

Auguste and Louis LumièreAuguste and Louis Lumière The brothers Auguste (1862–1954) and Louis (1864–1948) Lumière were the world's first film-makers. In 1895, they gave their first public cinema show in a café in Paris. A succession of short films, none lasting more than 49 seconds, showed scenes of everyday life in the city, such as people leaving their work at a factory, a gardener being sprinkled by his own hose and a train pulling into a station.

Lumière film, Arrival of a Train at a Station

The mechanism for the CinématographeThe mechanism for the Cinématographe


The Lumière brothers groundbreaking invention, the Cinématographe, could record pictures on to film, and then project them on to a screen for viewing. Their invention made use of perforations, holes punched in the film stock, as a means of advancing the film through the camera and projector. A multi-billion-dollar industry, as well as a dynamic new art form, grew up from their invention.

The world's first-ever movie, screened at the Grand Café in Paris in 1895, shows workers leaving the Lumière factory in Lyon, France. It lasted 46 seconds.

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