• Ravi Teja K

World's First Movie - "Roundhay Garden Scene"

Great movies not only entertain you but goes a step further to make you feel connected, as if you've lived in that movie. It's astonishing if you consider the fact that the movies have been with us only for the past 130 years.

These days we have amazing movies like Avengers, Avatar with mind blowing computer graphics that some people can't even differentiate between what's real vs what's not.

All of this wouldn't have been possible without cool advancements in the camera technology. Well, let's get to the point of this article.

The first movie ever made is called "Roundhay Garden Scene", directed and produced by French inventor Louis Le Prince at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Yorkshire, England.

It was filmed on 14th Oct, 1888 close to 130 years ago featuring Louis Le Prince's family on the premises of the garden in their home.

Let's take a look at this movie, although I can't exactly say that it will live up to the definition of movie in the modern sense.

The length of this movie is only 2.11 seconds, at best equivalent to a GIF you share in WhatsApp.

Mysterious deaths surrounding the first movie :

  • Just 10 days after the film was made, Sarah Whitley, mother of the director's wife, died at the age of 72.

  • And then the director Louis Le Prince himself has mysteriously vanished right before the release of the first film ever made.

  • Louis's son, Adolphe Le Prince, was found to be shot dead after he testified about the inventions of his father in court against the great Thomas Alva Edison.

If you think that this is not worthy enough to consider it a movie, then I have one more answer for you.

Did you know?

The first film that's similar to the modern movies was Arrival of a train at La Ciotat produced by Lumiere brothers' back in 1895, only 7 years later of Roundhay Garden Scene.

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