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Lumiére & Company

by Kate Fortmueller

In 1995 (in celebration of cinema's centennial), forty filmmakers participated in the Lumière & Company project. The filmmakers were given a series of constraints (similar to the constraints for the Lumière/Edison assignment in CTCS 200).

The filmmakers had to use the Lumières' Cinématographe camera and do all of their editing in-camera.

In addition to their technological restrictions they had three constraints:

1) Shorts could be no longer than 52 seconds

2) No synchronized sound

3) No more than three takes

Spike Lee's contribution challenges the subjects of the Lumière films.  As you may have noted from many of the Lumière films from class, many of the films feature white middle-class children and adults.  Lee's film resembles films such as Childish Quarrel, but replaces the white children with a single black child.

Lumiére & Company

by Kate Fortmueller

In 1995 (in celebration of cinema's centennial), forty filmmakers participated in the Lumiére & Company project. The filmmakers were given a series of constraints (similar to the constraints for the Lumiére/Edison assignment in CTCS 200). The filmmakers had to use the Lumiéres' Cinématographe camera and do all of their editing in-camera. In addition to their technological restrictions they had three constraints: - Shorts could be no longer than 52 seconds - No synchronized sound - No more than three takes

Lumière & Company - Spike Lee (1995)

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This is Spike Lee's contribution to the Lumière & Company project. His short is framed by images of the Cinématographe.

from Lumière & Company - Spike Lee (1995)
Creator: Spike Lee
Distributor: Fox Lorber
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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