Vivement le cinéma

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This documentary situates the start of film history a century before the Lumières. It all began in the heart of Paris, in the depths of darkened room, on 28 March 1798. Etienne-Gaspard Robertson gave one of his first screenings of his "Fantasmagoria" - making ghosts and spectres dance. But how did we move from perfecting the magic lantern to the cinematography of the Lumière brothers? This documentary situates the start of film history a century before the Lumières, with Robertson, Reynaud, Plateau, Muybridge and Marey spearheaded the adventure. The invention of cinema was in no way inevitable and it may well have been a mere accident.