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Older than Yer Grandma

May 22nd, 2007 (11:56 pm)

According to alt.movies.silent, the oldest extant movie is Roundhay Garden Scene (1888). While it had to be reconstructed from surviving elements, it runs as a (very short) movie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundhay_Garden_Scene

The film was directed by Louis Le Prince, an inventor who created a one-lens motion picture camera and most likely made the first motion picture (he certainly predates Edison and the Lumières by a good eight years).

The movie may be the first motion picture, and is probably the first "cursed" movie as well: Sarah Whitley, Le Prince's mother-in-law who appears in the film, died ten days after it was made. Two years later, about to patent his invention and announce it to the world, Le Prince himself disappeared from a train travelling between Dijon and Paris. Twelve years after that, his eldest son Adolphe, who had testified in one of the Edison patent trials, was found shot to death in New York.

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Wow - never had heard of him. Who'da thunk?