Archive for August 1, 2014

A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1895 – Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

Well, we begin our first day with the obvious… the film generally thought of as the “first” film. Typically, when you think about the first movies ever made, this image will pop into your head.

This is, of course, The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat. Or, I guess, L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat. You know. For those who speak Yiddish.

Since it’s pretty obvious why this is here, mostly I’m just going to talk about its importance in the history of cinema. This is almost a kind of #0 to the list. Since, most people know this as the first movie, that was screened at August and Louis Lumière’s first public film screening on December 28, 1895. In fact, it wasn’t, and the film wasn’t actually publically screened until a month later. So I’m kind of fudging the timeline a little bit, but I’m mostly using it as an example of the “start” of film. (Just treat it like one of those Oscar movies you get the screeners for before Christmas and isn’t released widely until January.) (more…)


Pic of the Day

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Lumiere - 4