L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat

Infobox Film
name = L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat


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caption = Screencap from "L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat"
director = Auguste Lumière
Louis Lumière
producer = Auguste Lumière
Louis Lumière
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narrator =
starring =
music =
cinematography = Louis Lumière
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distributor = Kino Video (DVD)
released = Start date|1895|12|28 (Paris)
Start date|1896|1|25 (Lyon)
runtime = 50 seconds
country = France
language = Silent
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gross =
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imdb_id = 0000012

"L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat" ("The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station", "Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat" (US) and "The Arrival of the Mail Train") is an 1895 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed and produced by Auguste and Louis Lumière. It was first screened on December 28 1895 in Paris, France, and was shown to a paying audience January 6 1896.

Plot

This 50-second silent film shows the entry of a steam locomotive into a train station in the French coastal town of La Ciotat. Like most of the early Lumière films, "L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat" consists of a single, unedited view illustrating an aspect of everyday life.

Production

This 50-second movie was filmed in La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. It was filmed by means of the Cinématographe, an all-in-one camera, which also serves as a film projector and developer. As with all early Lumière movies, this film was made in a 35 mm format with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. [ cite web |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000012/technical |title=Technical Specifications |work=Internet Movie Database |accessdate=2007-03-27 |format= HTML ]

Contemporary reaction

The film is associated with an urban legend well-known in the world of cinema. The story goes that when the film was first shown, the audience was so overwhelmed by the moving image of a life-sized train coming directly at them that people screamed and ran to the back of the room. Hellmuth Karasek in the German magazine Der Spiegel wrote that the film "had a particularly lasting impact; yes, it caused fear, terror, even panic." However, some have doubted the veracity of this incident such as film scholar and historian Martin Loiperdinger in his essay, "Lumiere's Arrival of the Train: Cinema's Founding Myth". ["The Moving Image": Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2004, pp. 89-118)] Whether or not it actually happened, the film undoubtedly astonished people in the audience who were unaccustomed to the amazingly realistic illusions created by moving pictures. The Lumière brothers clearly knew that the effect would be dramatic if they placed the camera on the platform very close to the arriving train.Fact|date=July 2008 Another significant aspect of the film is that it illustrates the use of the long shot to establish the setting of the film, followed by a medium shot, and close-up. The train arrives from a distant point and bears down on the viewer, finally cutting through the lower edge of the screen.

In "Les Lumière", Bernard Chardère quotes French scientist Henri de Parville who attended the screening of December 28 1895:

Current status

Given its age, this short film is available to freely download from the Internet. It has also featured in a number of film collections including "Landmarks of Early Film volume 1". [ cite web |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000012/dvd |title=DVD |work=Internet Movie Database |accessdate=2007-03-27 |format= HTML ]

References

External links

*imdb title|id=0000012|title=L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dgLEDdFddk Complete film] on YouTube
* [http://www.institut-lumiere.org/ The Lumiere Institute, Lyon, France]


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