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