Lumiere Freres: Belfast - Kingstown train. Panorama de Départ de Belfast (Belfast Harbour and Station)

Lumiere Freres: Belfast - Kingstown train. Panorama de Départ de Belfast (Belfast Harbour and Station)

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35mm, film

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Lumiere Catalogue No 722. Part of a series of one-take scenes shot from a moving train travelling from Belfast to Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), Dublin.


The story of cinema begins with the Lumiere brothers, who were noted for their one-shot, one-reel films of places and scenes of every day life. In 1895 they patented the earliest version of the film camera. The Cinématographe was a projector, printer and camera combined. Having debuted their new invention in Paris at the end of 1895, the brothers sent their operatives out around Europe. They believed that film would prove no more than a passing fancy and so sought to exploit its monetary potential. Agents for the Lumieres arrived in Dublin in April 1896, only four months after the Paris screenings. This would be the first time that moving images had been seen in Ireland. By the following year they had made it to the North of Ireland and recorded footage in Belfast, including these moving images of Castle Place.  It is likely that Alexandre Promio was the cameraman who actually shot these scenes.  

Shot List

View from a moving train. Film begins with a view of the harbour and the city. Industrial chimney can be seen in distance and trains passing in front of the camera.


Photography - Alexandre Promio



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