Lumière Brothers' First Films

(1895-97, dirs. Auguste & Louis Lumière, 61 mins., NR)

Inspired by the birth of the snapshot photograph 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). Eighty-five of them 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 Lumieres 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." Film introduced by Dennis Bingham, Professor of English and Director of the Film Studies Program, IUPUI. Shown in DVD. Film series made possible by the Myrtie Shumacker Lecture Fund.

This program is eligible for PGP (Professional Growth Plan) points. Attend the event and afterward, email to request a PGP points certificate.

Lumière Brothers' First Films Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN