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Exiting the Factory (1895) - 1st Projected Film - LOUIS LUMIERE - La Sortie des Usines a Lyon





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Published on Nov 29, 2011

The 1st projected film, Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon (also known as La Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon, Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory, and Exiting the Factory), was filmed by Louis Lumière using his Cinématographe, an all-in-one camera, which also serves as a film projector and developer. This film was shown in 1895 at the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, along with nine other short movies.

The film consists of a single scene in which workers leave the Lumiere factory. The workers are mostly female who exit the large building 25 rue St. Victor, Montplaisir on the outskirts of Lyon, France, as if they had just finished a day's work.

Three separate versions of this film exist. There are a number of differences between these, for example the clothing style changes demonstrating the different seasons in which they were filmed. They are often referred to as the "one horse," "two horses," and "no horse" versions, in reference to a horse-drawn carriage that appears in the first two versions (pulled by one horse in the original and two horses in the first remake).

The entire program of films from the 1st paid viewing, in order of presentation, are as follows:

01. La sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Factory)

02. La Voltige (Horse Trick Riding)

03. La pêche aux poissons rouges (Fishing for Goldfish)

04. Neuville-sur-Saône: Débarquement du congrès des photographes à Lyon
(The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon)

05. Les Forgerons (The Blacksmiths)

06. L'arroseur arrosé (The Sprinkler Sprinkled)

07. Repas de bébé (Baby's Meal)

08. Le saut à la couverture (Jumping the Blanket)

09. Place des Cordeliers à Lyon (Cordeliers' Square in Lyon)

10. La Mer (The Sea)


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