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  • The Art of Cinema: Like Bresson, Cocteau did not like the word "cinema," which he associated with theatre-derived practices; they both preferred the word "cinematographe."

    GreenCine Daily 2009

  • Only specialists will care whether the benchmark date ought to be May 9, 1893, when members of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences lined up to peep into Thomas Edison's kinetoscope and watch a twenty-second film of three men hammering on an anvil and sharing a bottle of beer; or December 28, 1895, when at the Grand Café in Paris the Lumière brothers inaugurated a program featuring The Arrival of a Train at the La Ciotat Station and other movies made with their camera-projector-printer the cinematographe; or any of the other candidates.

    The Ghost Opera O'Brien, Geoffrey 1991


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  • With capital C, a device invented by Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1895 that could photograph negative films, print positives, and project the positives onto a screen. The device weighed about 11 pounds and was powered by hand-cranking, so did not require batteries. It ran 16 frames of film per second (as opposed to Edison's Kinetograph and Kinetoscope, which ran 48 frames per second). It was the first device that projected motion pictures.

    The first public demonstration of motion pictures took place in Paris on December 28, 1895, before a paying audience of about 35 people. The event was hosted by the Lumière brothers' father, Antoine.

    After the Lumières began opening theatres specifically to show their Cinematographe films, the theatres themselves became known as "cinemas." The art and science of making motion pictures is known as cinematography.

    The Cinematographe was of such quality that the surviving devices are in perfect working order today.

    October 8, 2007