In 1878, the photographer Eadweard Muybridge created what is considered the first motion picture in history with his famous series of pictures, called The Horse in Motion. Film technology developed rapidly after that, leading to Léon Bouly’s invention of the cinematograph in 1892. The filmmakers Auguste and Louis Lumière used it to produce several short films in the last years of the 19th century, one of the most notable being L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station).
Made in 1895, this 50-second silent documentary film is composed of a single continuous shot, which shows a steam locomotive train pulling into La Ciotat station. Because of the way the camera is placed, the film shows several common cinematic techniques without moving it, including long shot, medium shot, and close-up.
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