The First Film by the Lumière Brothers, Shot on This Day in 1895

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Today marks the anniversary of the earliest footage shot on Auguste and Louis Lumière's cinématographe, of workers leaving the Lumière factory in LyonAccompanying an illustration of the device, Rebecca Rosen explains, "the camera was an all-in-one device: recording, production, and projection." Apparently, the inventors shot multiple versions of this same scene, so the clip below might actually be a remake. In any case, the 47-second reel and the short films that follow, courtesy of the Internet Archive, are some of the oldest and most iconic works of French cinema, including what might be the first "home video" -- Baby's Lunch

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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