Some Links for Friday

On our first outing, we will be discussing the foundations of early cinema – particularly Auguste and Louis Lumière (aka the Lumière brothers) and Georges Méliès.  These filmmakers not only pioneered movie-making as we know it today, but they introduced a fundamental theoretical split in the world of film making – documentary vs. storytelling/ reality vs. editing.  We’ll be reviewing their works in class tomorrow, but if you want to get a head start on your viewing, I’ve included the pertinent videos after the cut.

The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895) – Lumière Brothers

The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) – Lumière Brothers

Snowball Fight (1897) – Lumière Brothers

A Trip to the Moon (1902) – Méliès

The Apparitions (1903) – Méliès

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2 thoughts on “Some Links for Friday

  1. Have you seen the movie Hugo by Martin Scorsese? I saw it a few months ago before this class; it’s about Georges Méliès. Friday’s lecture reminded me of it. It was really cool; the movie showed lots of snippets of his films and his production greenhouse/glass studio.. and it showed how he manipulated pieces of film to create his special effects. It was all very interesting.

    • Hugo is actually included on our syllabus. We’ll be watching it toward the end of the semester when we discuss the increasing shift of the industry to digital effects. Of course, with the hearkening back to Méliès, it brings the discussion full circle very nicely.

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