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Children at Play (1896)

Enfants aux jouets (original title)
A short black and white film in which children are seen playing a game of marbles.

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Louis Lumière
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Uncredited cast:
Madeleine Koehler Madeleine Koehler ... Self (uncredited)
Marcel Koehler Marcel Koehler ... Self (uncredited)
Andrée Lumière ... Self (uncredited)
Suzanne Lumière Suzanne Lumière ... Self (uncredited)
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A short black and white film in which children are seen playing a game of marbles.

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Short | Documentary

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2 September 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is one of the simplest of the Lumieres' earliest works: two babies sit on a rug, picking up and shaking various toys. That's all that happens.

Although it isn't a great picture by Lumiere standards, it's still a very typical example of their efforts to expand what they already knew -- still photography -- into something that could handle movement aesthetically. Given that baby portraits are still a popular photograph -- I've got pictures of very young relatives all over my refrigerator -- how could they not try to do something?

Unfortunately, given the need to keep the kids in the frame meant that there couldn't be much in the way of interesting motion unless the children decided to do it themselves. I doubt they took direction very well.


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France

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Release Date:

9 March 1896 (UK) See more »

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Children at Play See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Lumière See more »
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Silent
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