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Thierry Frémaux, directeur de l'Institut Lumière
Cinématographe Lumière

Light on the birth of the 7th Art

Thierry Frémaux, 8th of March, 2012

Thierry Frémaux, director of the Institute Lumière
This museum opened 30 years  ago and shows the birth of the seventh art through the work of this family. Including the Lumière cinematograph, which helped turn the first films.

Can you brief us on the museum?

The museum is inside the castle that belonged to the family Lumière, the inventors of cinema. This museum opened 30 years ago and shows the birth of the seventh art through the work of this familly, including the Lumière cinematograph, which helped turn the first films. It also traces the various stages of creating the film with the inventions counter. Finally, it outlines the second major innovation of Light: color photography.

 

Why did the Lumière brothers turn to colour photography?

Contrary to popular belief the Lumière brothers did not pull out of the movie world because they didn't believe in their own invention, but because they intended to invent colour photography, which they did, and called the Autochrome Lumière. The museum displays a fine collection of photographs. The Lumière family photographed a lot. The museum also displays images from the 19th century, however at the time the 20th century was a period of happiness and prosperity.

Apart from this museum, what else does the area offer?

At the heart of the neighborhood where the seventh art was born, the Institut Lumière also offers a film that shows films every night in the old factories, and a library. In summer we organize a festival of outdoor cinema on the monument where Photorama light projected their panoramic photos. Through this Institute, the district has recovered its identity, and I think people are always excited to enter the old Lumière Factory to see the films that marked the history of cinema

 

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