PUNE: To commemorate the first film screening in India, National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has organised screenings of Lumière films on Saturday. The event will give cine enthusiasts a chance to relive the magic of India’s first tryst with cinema in original 35 mm.
The Lumière brothers held the first screening of the cinematograph on December 28 in 1895 in Paris. On July 7, 1896, Marius Sestier, a Lumière agent held the first screening of films in India at Watson Hotel in Bombay.
In addition to this, a special screening of a small footage (five minutes) from _With Our King and Queen Through India_ (1912), a film shot during the Delhi Durbar of 1911, which was considered lost for so long, will also be held in the archive. The screening will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, July 8. Entry is open to all and seating will be on first come first served basis.
THE LIST OF FILMS TO BE SCREENED
- The five films screened at the Watson Hotel in Bombay on July 7, 1896:
1 Entry of Cinematograph (Entrée Du Cinematographe)
2 Arrival of a Train (L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat )
3 The Sea Bath (Baignade En Mer/ La Mer)
4 A Demolition (Démolition d’Un Mur, II)
5 Workers Leaving the Factory Gate (La Sortie de l’Usine Lumière de Lyon)
- A single long reel of 10 films.