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The birthday of the cinema

Cinématographe_Lumière1.jpegMy reader Tim O'Neill reminds me: "Today, December 28, marks the 115th Anniversary of the birth of cinema. The Lumiere Brothers presented the first public screening of motion pictures at the Salon Indien du Grand Cafe in Paris. This was the beginning of one of the great art forms of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, the 21st Century will be remembered as the death of film."

I don't believe it will mark the death of film, but certainly it will mark the birth of new forms of cinema.

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