Our Fancy – The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station – 1896


One short film had a particularly lasting impact; yes, it caused fear, terror, even panic. It was the film L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de la Ciotat (Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat Station). Although the cinematographic train was dashing toward the crowded audience in flickering black and white (not in natural colors and natural dimensions), and although the only sound accompanying it was the monotonous clatter of the projector’s sprockets engaging into the film’s perforation, the spectators felt physically threatened and panicked.

– Hellmuth Karasek

– altered by Hystoria

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