Irrfan Khan, Dilip Tahil, Anand Mahadevan, Subhash Kapoor visit the screening of Lumière Brothers at Jagran Film Festival
~ Grandson of Mr Lumière, Max Lefrancq Lumière and his wife visit the screening for the first six movies of Lumière Brothers that were shown in Mumbai after 117 years ~
~ In the beginning it was only films, no wires, no nothing, only film. It was difficult to capture the right angle, but brother Lumière was very good at it - says Mr Max Lefrancq Lumière ~
Mumbai: The show that started it all in July 1896 is back in Mumbai, from where it all started. It’s an event where the history unfolds yet again.
Way back on 7th July, 1896, the Lumière Brothers, Louis and Ausguste’s first ever shot six films were shown to an exclusive audience at the Watson Hotel in Mumbai, which was then named Bombay. It was India's first ever film screening and thus, the day was etched in gold in the history of Indian cinema. After 117 years, in the fourth edition of Jagran Film Festival (JFF) that glorious day of cinema, which audience had witnessed more than a century ago in the year 1896, was recreated for cinephiles.Various film personalities and intellects visited the screening at JW Marriot today. Amongst them were, Irrfan Khan, Dilip Tahil, Anand Mahadevan, Subhash Kapoor, Deepak Kejriwal and the likes. In its final leg, the festival had organized a special event titled Theme Night on Saturday 28th September 2013. In a special segment, started at and lasted for almost 45 minutes, JFF created an enchanting atmosphere and provided the same mesmerizing experience to a select number of august audiences. In this segment, they had showcased the Lumière Brothers' made those six quickies once again in Mumbai but this time at the JW Marriot, Juhu. The who’s who of Mumbai and the industry were invited to relive one of the most glorious moments in the cinematic history with the grandson of Mr Max Lefrancq Lumière. The festival was thankful to him for gracing the occasion.
Addressing the conference, Mr Max Lefrancq Lumière said, “First of all thank you so much for inviting me to this festival. I will take the opportunity to introduce how cinema was invented by my grandfather. The first show of cinema was screened on 27th December, 1895. Amazingly the Lumière brothers did not attend this show. A while later they realised that cinema could be a very good thing and art. So they decided to do presentation on 23rd without brother Lumière just before Christmas. Before the screening begins today, I will show you some equipments made by Lumière after he invented cinema, after that I will show the first film made by his family, not himself as he was always behind the camera. In the beginning it was only films, no wires, no nothing only film. It was difficult to capture the right angle, but brother Lumière was very good at it. Louis Lumière was asked by his father to search an emulsion that was very sensitive and a emulsion that was still in use. When he found that, he was only 17yrs old.