We've seen two other short films made the pioneering French film-maker Louis Lumière (1864-1948) - an 1896 Snowfall Fight, and Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon from 1895. But while these two films were shot close to home, Lumière also realized the exotic appeal of foreign lands to his budding audiences. Towards the end of the 19th c., he sent film crews to America, Europe, and the Middle East to capture these locations. Today's clip is a compilation of some of these very early travelogues. In addition to seeing the sights, I enjoyed watching these people from the past - what they wore and how they behaved in front of the novel new cameras.
If you want to guess the locations shown by the landmarks, then stop reading right here! Otherwise, here's the list in order of appearance: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France; Dresden, Germany; Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy; Palace of Westminster, London, England; Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary; Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium; Nice, France; Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; Egypt; Martyrs' Square, Beirut, Lebanon; Jerusalem, Palestine.
The evocative accompanying music is Gymnopedie No. 1 (1888) by French composer and pianist Erik Satie (1866-1925).
Many thanks to HomburghGuy on YouTube for sharing this video.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.