Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Theory of Film: Lumière Brothers

The Lumière Brothers

Auguste Lumière (left) and Louis Lumière (right)

Louis and Auguste Lumière were born in France in 1862 and 1864. Their father ran a photographic firm and both brothers worked for him: Louis as a physicist and Auguste as a manager. They began making moving films when their father retired in 1892.

Their work consisted mainly of moving images from scenes of everyday life. They thought film was a medium without a future.

Some of their films:
1. La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon (literally, "the exit from the Lumière factories in Lyon", or, under its more common English title, Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory), 46 seconds
2. La Voltige ("Horse Trick Riders"), 46 seconds
3. La Pêche aux poissons rouges ("fishing for goldfish"), 42 seconds
4. Le Débarquement du Congrès de Photographie à Lyon ("the disembarkment of the Congress of Photographers in Lyon"), 48 seconds
5. Les Forgerons ("Blacksmiths"), 49 seconds
6. Le Jardinier (l'Arroseur Arrosé) ("The Gardener," or "The Sprinkler Sprinkled"), 49 seconds
7. Le Repas (de bébé) ("Baby's Breakfast"), 41 seconds
8. Le Saut à la couverture ("Jumping Onto the Blanket"), 41 seconds
9. La Place des Cordeliers à Lyon ("Cordeliers Square in Lyon"--a street scene), 44 seconds
10. La Mer (Baignade en mer) ("the sea [bathing in the sea]"), 38 seconds


1. La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon


2. La Voltige



3. La Pêche aux poissons rouges



4. Le Débarquement du Congrès de Photographie à Lyon



5. Les Forgerons



6. Le Jardinier (l'Arroseur Arrosé)

7. Le Repas (de bébé)



8. Le Saut à la couverture



9. La Place des Cordeliers à Lyon



10. La Mer (Baignade en mer)


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