Snapshot Film Series: Lumière Brothers' First Films
Thu., Aug. 9, 7 p.m. 2012
$5 public, $3 IMA members
Inspired by the birth of snapshot photography explored in the IMA exhibition Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard, this film is a compilation documenting the birth of cinema. On the cusp of the 20th-century, the Lumière Brothers and their associates filmed 1,500 “actualities” (50-second films). Of those films, 85 are collected here, mastered from the original 35mm materials, and narrated by contemporary film director Bertrand Tavernier. Experimenting with depth, composition and international subject matter, the Lumières helped set enduring cinematic standards. Wrote Jay Carr in The Boston Globe: "Not to be missed! A startling immediate record of film inventing itself before our eyes." Shown in DVD. Film series made possible by the Myrtie Shumacker Lecture Fund.