Today we started our exciting new topic… Magical Movies!
In our History lesson we learnt all about the very first motion picture. The ‘Arrival of a Train at Ciotat’ was shown in 1895 at the Grand Cafe in Paris’ Boulevard de Capucines on 28th December and was created by two brothers; Auguste and Louis Lumière. We thought about how excited the audience must have been to be the first ever people to watch this moving picture.
The motion picture was shown using a cinematograph and is considered to be the first ever horror picture because it is said that as the Paris spectators watched the train chug toward the screen, they believed it was about to crash out of the frame and into the auditorium, and ran out screaming. We imagined what it would have been like with some people trying to leave or hiding behind the seat in front!
True or not, the story indicates the power the movies would have over their audience. We noticed that the film had no dialogue. We found out that the sound had been added after the 50 second film had been recorded. It was also in black and white! We reflected on how far technology has advanced since 1895! After learning so much we wrote some diary entries imagining that we were at the very first screening of a motion picture. We can’t wait to learn more about this exciting topic!