1896. Cinema anno uno – Lumière!
1896. Year One of Cinematography
Programma 5: Spettacolo. Il potere del Cinématographe
Programme 5: Spectacle: The Power of the Cinématographe
Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna
Introduced by Mariann Lewinsky.
♪ Grand piano John Sweeney, Gabriel Thibaudeau
There are no intertitles in these movies
Cinema Lumiere – Sala Officinema/Mastroianni, 26 June 2016
Mariann Lewinsky (Bologna catalog): "You turn the handle a few times and your machine transforms a pig into appetizing sausages. You turn the handle a few times, and your Cinématographe transforms whatever it films into a spectacular appearance, endowing everything with meaning, mystery and glamour. Everybody becomes a protagonist, a performer."
"This effect is less noticeable in performances such as music-hall numbers and in family films (where people put on little shows for the benefit of the camera) and is at its strongest in apparently unarranged scenes of play or work, such as Bassin des Tuileries, Chargement du Coke and Mauvaises herbes."
"The views Lumière form an amazing documentation of work, much of it collective and unmechanized, done by groups of men, women and animals in orchestrated movements. Captured by the Cinématographe they appear as effortless choreographies when screened now in front of audiences no longer familiar with such kind of work and the sight of it." Mariann Lewinsky
THIS FIRST FILM WAS AN ADDITION TO THE PRINTED PROGRAMME:
Charcuterie mécanique / [A Mechanized Charcuterie]
Vue N° 107, Louis Lumière, [La Ciotat], FR 1896. - AA: Fiction, comedy, one of the earliest trick films. You put a pig into the machine, and by turning the crank you get hams, sausages, and black pudding.
Cyclistes et cavaliers arrivant au cottage / [Cyclists and Horse Riders Arrive at the Cottage]
n. 247, [Charles Moisson], London, GB 1896
Pigeons sur la place Saint-Marc / [Pigeons on St. Mark's Square]
n. 292, Charles Moisson, Venezia, IT 1896
Bassin des Tuileries / [The Garden Pond of the Tuileries]
n. 150, Paris, FR 1896
Chargement du coke / [Loading Coke]
n. 123, Carmaux, FR 1896. - AA: One of the earliest records of hard work.
Comtesse de Montebello / [Countess de Montebello]
n. 304, Charles Moisson, Moscow, RU 1896
Vienne: retour des courses / [Vienna: Return from the Races]
n. 427, Charles Moisson, AT 1896
Course en sacs / [Sack Race]
n. 109, Louis Lumière, Lyon, FR 1896
Duel au pistolet (longueur: 12 mètres) / [Pistol Duel (length: 12 meters)]
n. 35, Gabriel Veyre, Ciudad de México, MX 1896. - AA: Fiction, enactment, performed by actors.
Géant et nain / [Giant and Dwarf]
n. 114, GB 1896. - AA: A stunning record of a performance by artists.
Mauvaises herbes / [Burning Weeds]
n. 64, [Auguste Lumière], [La Ciotat], FR 1896. - AA: A record of work. Simple and eloquent.
35 mm. Da: Institut Lumière, Lyon
AA: Work and play. The accounts of hard work in Chargement du coke and Mauvaises herbes are eloquent. The workers are all women in both. Charcuterie mécanique is one of the earliest trick films. Géant et nain is a stunning straight record of a performance by two British music hall artists. In Course en sacks we see the Lumière workers at play.
The captions are copied from the Catalogue Lumière website. There is little to add to those excellent remarks.