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ROLL ON CINEMA

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52'
format hd
One-off

This film endeavours to show how the invention of cinema was in no way inevitable, and how it may well have been a mere accident.

To pinpoint the start, it all began in the heart of Paris, in the depths of darkened room, on 28 March 1798, when Etienne-Gaspard Robertson gave one of his first screenings of his "Fantasmagoria" - making ghosts and spectres dance.
But how did we move from perfecting the magic lantern to the cinematography of the Lumière brothers?

The invention was born throughout the 19th century, out of the unpredictable crossing of two parallel research paths - that of philosophical toys and the photography of movement.
Originally-named optical devices - such as the kinesigraph, the zoetrope, the praxinoscope and the phenakistoscope, without forgetting the photographic revolver or gun - associated the realm of toys with the realm of thought, reflecting both a fascination for the magical effects produced by animation and speed, and a desire to understand human anatomy, and analyse the phenomenon of vision.
All these pre-cinema optical devices literally stemmed from a desire for spectacle and the will to acquire knowledge.

Robertson, Reynaud, Plateau, Muybridge and Marey spearheaded the adventure. Thanks to these brilliant inventors, we travel across the 19th century, ending in Paris in 1895 in the Salon Indien du Grand Café, where the first public movie screening took place.

Director(s) : PRIEUR (Jérôme)

Producer(s) : ARTE FRANCE, MELISANDE FILMS

Production Year : 2011
Language(s) : German, English, French

Rights : DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, TV, VOD

Territories : Worldwide.