Montone, Church of San Francesco
ON THE TRAIN WITH THE LUMIÈRE BROTHERS
1895: THE BIRTH OF CINEMA
a journey in images and voice –over curated by Ivan Teobaldelli
Daniele Furlati piano
Original music by DANIELE FURLATI PREMIÈRE
The tribute to Auguste and Louis Lumière, brothers who invented the cinema, starts from what existed before it: first there were the street vendors of the shadows and the ‘magicians’ of the lanterns, who went from village to village to produce wonders. There was Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, which enabled an individual vision by leaning the eyes on the instrument and looking fixed scenes. Or the bioscope of Max Skladanowsky, who for some German is still the inventor of the cinema. First experiments which prepared the way to what will soon become the ‘seventh art’, the expressive form capable of revolutionizing forever the world of communication.
The show of Ivan Teobaldelli – words, vintage images, frames from films of the Lumière accompanied at the piano by the improvisations of Daniele Furlati – tells the story of that incredible invention whose birth has a precise date: it was December 28, 1895, when in Paris, in the Salon Indien of the Grand Café in the Boulevard des Capucines, thirty-paying spectators watched the arrival of that fateful train. It was only the beginning: after the realism of the brothers, we travelled to the moon with the movies by Georges Méliès (who was also present at the first showing), we admired the great divas such as Asta Nielsen, the Eleonora Duse of the North. Then it came the sound, but that’s another story.