From the Lumières to the Present Day: Joris Faucon Grimaud’s moving cinematic history montage

By on June 6, 2015

Earlier this year, to mark the 120th anniversary of the invention of cinema celebrated on March 19, French film student Joris Faucon Grimaud revealed a supercut montage he’d created of some of his favorite moments from 300 films spanning 120 years in cinema history (1895-2015), and the whole thing takes just seven minutes.

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It did, however, take him 30 hours to complete, and results are simply stunning. Clint Mansell’s “Death is The Road to Awe,” from the soundtrack to Darren Aranofsky’s The Fountain, accompanies the unfolding images — beginning with footage by the Lumière brothers on March 19, 1895.

That’s right: Auguste and Louis Lumière made cinema history when they filmed workers leaving their photographic equipment factory in Lyons, France, using their newly patented cinematograph. The footage — consisting of grainy images of women in long skirts, a man on a bicycle, and a horse and carriage passing through the factory gate — is considered to be the first ever motion picture, although in truth other works predate it. A short time later, in December 1895, a series of public screenings in Le Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris, organised by the Lumières, marked the birth of one of the most cinephile nations on the planet.

But hey, let’s don’t get caught up too much in who gets credit for making the first film, and let’s all just sit back instead and admire another passionate French film lover sharing his love for the cinema!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.