Monday, December 12, 2016

On the strips of celluloid, the Lumière brothers made some of world’s most famous films.

The 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) showcased some outstanding work by the Lumière brothers; forerunners of modern cinema who made movies using the Cinematograph which is a device that captures, develops and projects films.

The word ‘Lumière’ means ‘Light’ in French. In celebration of over 120 years of cinema , the project ‘Lumière: Inventing Camera’ was exhibited at Madinat Theatre during the 13th DIFF edition, compiling 98 conserved and restored films in 4k made by Louis Lumière and his brother Auguste between 1895 to 1905.

(From left to Right)Thierry Fremaux (Left) with the presenter of the event (Right). Photo credit- Sakeena Habib

“The Lumière brothers started shooting [for their first film] in mid-March 1895 and by the end of the year on December 28 1895, they screened their [first] movie for the audience in Paris but they weren’t sure [if the audience would like to see it], since cinema was especially for the artistic audience. They thought some [might] just see it as a science film.” said Thierry Frémaux, the General Director of the Cannes Film Festival and the Institut Lumière in Lyon.

The movie had 98 short clips (not more than 50 seconds), presented in front of the audience with Frémaux explaining how each clip was shot and where were they taken. Some of the clips were- La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory), Repas de bébé ("baby's meal") and many more.

“There are three ways to watch a silent film ‘silent, silent, silent’, ‘silent with music’ and ‘silent with commentary’.” said Frémaux before the commencement of the film.

Reported by Aishwarya Bhalekar
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