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by Kate Fortmueller

As critic/filmmaker Jean-Louis Comolli has noted, this film about workers is not about their work or conditions, but instead is about them leaving the factory. While this film is set at the factory, like many of the other Lumière films, it highlights leisure time rather than physical or productive labor.

How does this film compare and contrast with the work in Edison's films (consider The Blacksmithing Scene as one example)? What would a contemporary update of people leaving work look like? Would everyone leave at the same time? Are present-day work schedules similarly regimented?

Leaving the Factory (1895)

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This film was directed by Louis and Auguste Lumière and was shot at Usine Lumière in Lyon, France.

from Leaving the Factory (1900)
Creator: Louis Lumière and Auguste Lumière
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller