"Arrival of a Train" - a film that caused a panic in the auditorium

• "Arrival of a Train" - a film that caused a panic in the audience

"Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station" - it sounds so completely full title of the film of the Lumiere brothers - is the most famous film in cinema history. We heard about it all, but few have seen. In this review, we dispel the myths associated with this film, and remember some interesting facts about it.

Today, cinema has become commonplace, and even special effects movie lovers spoiled surprise difficult. A scene from the moving train, certainly no one cause any emotion, except that in the frame gets that train derailment at full speed. But the XIX century "Cinema" was a novelty. Therefore, a short documentary black and white film in 1895, shot the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumiere and called "Arrival of a Train," has made the present furore.

Poster "cinematography" Lumière, 1895.

This 50-second silent film allows viewers to watch the scene arrival of the train at the railway station in the French coastal town of La - Ciotat. Like most early Lumière films, "Arrival of a Train" consists of only one scene and removed the fixed camera. It argued that the first screening of the film took place on the first paid film screenings of films Lumiere December 28, 1895 in Paris. But this is not the case. show program on the day consisted of ten films, but about the "Arrival of a Train" was not even any mention. A first public screening of the film took place in January 1896.

With this film is connected and one more story. It is believed that the first public show was so stunned by the moving image in full size train, which moved them, that the people shouted with fear and surprise and fled in terror from the room. Hellmuth Karasek in the German magazine Der Spiegel wrote that the film "had a special impact on the viewer and creates fear, fear and even panic." However, some critics have questioned the veracity of the incident.

The train, moving directly towards the camera, supposedly frightened spectators to the first show.

Lumière brothers seem to guess what effect take on a momentum of their film, so they placed the camera on the platform very close to the train arrives. Another important aspect of the film is that it illustrates the use of a camera and a continuous transition from the general to medium and close-up with a stationary camera: the train arrives from a distant point and approaching the viewer, finally crossing the lower edge of the screen.

The railway station of La Ciotat in 2010.

Maxim Gorki, who had a chance to see this film, wrote: "And suddenly something clicks, everything disappears, and the screen is a train railway. He rushes arrow straight at you - beware! It seems that just about it will rush into the darkness in which you sit, and turn you into a ragged leather bag full of wrinkled flesh and shattered bones, and destroy, wrecked and dust the room and the building in which so many wine , women, music, and vice "

Today the film "Arrival of a Train" became canonical. After all, at that time only we began the first experiments in cinema and the Lumière brothers have tried to achieve the 3D-images on the screen due to the prospects.