Arrival of film

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Louis Le Prince shot the first film on a single lens camera in 1888. But before his contribution was recognised, the French inventor mysteriously disappeared and has been largely forgotten. Thomas Edison wasn’t forgotten though. After revealing his Kinetoscope in 1893, crowds lined up to watch short films through a peephole. Housed in a large cabinet, the Kinetoscope contained 50-foot loops of 35mm film that showed everything from barber shops to bodybuilding. In 1895, moving images broke free with the Lumiere Brothers’ Cinematographe, a device that could record, develop and project film onto a screen for public viewing. It even inspired the name of the new art form – cinema.

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16 February 2031

ACMI: Gallery 1

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The Story of the Moving Image → Moving Pictures → MI-04. Materiality → MI-04-AV01B

The Story of the Moving Image → Moving Pictures → MI-04. Materiality → MI-04-C01

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