Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895)

Where did it all start? Where did this spark of ‘Tell-a-Vision’ come from? How had we come to admire ‘Movie Stars?’ Actually, for having been such a movie fan, I never knew where it all began; how it began & how it had stimulated viewers. To think that it had actually begun somewhere along the way; I had once thought that film was just a natural form of life that didn’t really have a beginning–it just lived & strived. But, obviously, I was young and didn’t realize that everything has a beginning; although, some things don’t have an end. And sometimes they’re not meant to have an end. Today I felt the need to refresh our memories on the beauty of film; the glory of it all.

DECEMBER 28, 1895

The beginning of Film & Cinema. The inspirational and history-making brothers, Auguste & Louis Lumiere, had shown ten short films on the date of December 28th, which had been so cosmic, being that they each had such a distinctive movement [literally…& mentally as well] that almost frightened the crowd.

Their first feature film was titled, ‘L’Arivee d’un train en gare de La Ciotat’ which translated into: ‘Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.’ This film is actually only 50 seconds long. And it actually caused for the audience to react with sudden shrieks, being that they had never seen a life-size train coming at them before. Although, this film seems quite dull and a bit drab today it was quite the surprise and move in their modern day technology. And to be honest, watching this film, just makes me smile.

It’s so interesting to see how we began, to how far we’ve come with technology. Technology, although, seems as though it’s a bit dull and overdone today. Back in the day, everything had to be shot in one setting. There was no time for a break, their dress rehearsal was their final shot. Something about that makes the history of classic film so genuine and compelling to enjoy. Also, if you think about it, Classic Film is so genuine that we’ve taken films from the 1920s to the 1960s and remade them to the best of our ability (I hope that made sense).

Unfortunately, Classic Film is just a revolutionary history that cannot be relived. And thanks to the Lumiere Brothers, we’ve all had the great chance to see and enjoy the Legends on screen.

I cannot begin to explain or even express the thanks that I have to the people who created film. I can’t say that I would know what it would be like to live without Cinema (or the Classics), but I do know this, my life would be deprived of something that was never created. So, Thanks to the Lumiere Brothers, we are able to bask in the light of film and enjoy the legends that were discovered within them. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly ‘short’ post and I hope you also enjoy the Lumiere Brothers fantastic film, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (The Lumiere Brothers, 1895)