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Washerwomen and spectators

by Kate Fortmueller

Many of the Lumière films have deep compositions, while this film is an exception there are multiple actions on the two levels. The women in this film occupy the center of the action, but there are several men above them that seem to be watching the camera across the river. The women are occupied with their work.

Laveuses sur la rivière (Washerwomen on the river) (1897)

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This scene depicts women washing clothing along the riverbank.

from Laveuses sur la rivière (1900)
Creator: Unknown
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller