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Comedy or sci-fi?

by Kate Fortmueller

The Lumière Bros. classified this film as a humorous gag film, yet in popular criticism this film has been called "the first sci-fi film" because it features a speculative technology (that may or may not be butchering the pig). Consider this film in relation to the CTCS 200 Lumière/Edison assignment. What could you film or stage that could be a sci-fi film?

The Mechanical Butcher (1895)

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Several men herd a pig into a box that butchers it into components.

from The Mechanical Butcher (1900)
Creator: Louis Lumière
Posted by Kate Fortmueller