Chapter 7 The Brothers Lumière and the Motion Picture


Just as with the telephone, the radio, and the light bulb, controversy swirls around who most deserves credit for inventing motion pictures. Thomas Edison is one possibility, as is Englishman Eadweard Muybridge and Frenchman Étienne-Jules Marey. Each man has his advocates. Mostly, who invented the motion picture depends a bit on how you define the motion picture, but a pretty good case can be made for the French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière being the fathers of the modern movie. Moving picture cameras and display systems existed prior to the Lumières’ creations, but the experience ...

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