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What Really Happened at the First Moving-Picture Shows

Gresham College
Event organized by Gresham College

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Watch the live-stream of the lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYQPeuxOrNQ

The reception of moving pictures in 1894–96 has been much mythologised. Were spectators really frightened of an approaching train? Did they imagine seeing their departed relatives reanimated on screen? How much attention was actually paid to this new phenomenon among so many contemporary novelties and wonders? Moving pictures may not have been the innovation once claimed, but within a decade few could doubt that they had become a major force in changing the Edwardian world.

For all information about this free public lecture by Professor Ian Christie, please visit the Gresham College event's page: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/what-really-happened-at-the-first-moving-picture-shows

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.