First cinema – level 3

19/04/2011 22:58

Thomas Alva Edison created the first film camera in the world in 1891. But he didn’t think that he invented something special so he refused to pay 150 dollars for an international patent. And so the Lumiere brothers from France let themselves be inspired by this invention and improved it. They created a new film camera – cinematograph. Not only could this new machine record films but also show them on a screen. On Friday 22nd March 1895, 35 people saw the first film in the world. It showed workers leaving the Lumiere factory after work.

People loved it very much but the Lumiere brothers didn’t think they had something special. It took another year before they sold the film camera to Georges Melies, the first director in the world. They didn’t want to sell it before because they thought it was unfair. In their eyes, the film camera had value only for science, not for business.

The Lumiere brothers weren’t the first who created a film camera. But they were the first who showed film on a screen. They created the first cinema in the world. 

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