Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory (1895)


Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory, was directed and produced by the Lumiere Brothers, Louis and Auguste in 1895.

The film lasts just under two minutes and details 100 factory workers at the Lumiere factory in Lyon-Montplaisir, France as they end their work day. All workers exit the factory between two gates and leave the frame on both sides.

The brothers were French sons of a portrait painter and they were excited about the new advances in photography, particularly Thomas Edison’s inventions. They were enamored with the Kinetoscope, an invention of Edison’s, despite its clunky and enormous size. Together, the brothers, improved upon it with their own Cinematograph by which they presented screenings for the general public.

The first private screening occurred on March 22nd, in 1895 at 44 Rue de Rennes in Paris. The screening generated considerable excitement, the media was infatuated with the prospect of the new Cinematograph. The Lumiere Brothers presented their first fully public screening on the 28th of December at the Grand Cafe on Paris’s Boulevard de Capuchines. The films shown were:

La Sortie de usines Lumière (1895)
La Voltige (1895)
La Peche aux poissons rouges (1895)
La Debarquement du congres de photographie a Lyons (1895)
Les Forgerons (1895)
L’ Arroseur arrose (1895) Repas de bebe (1895)
Place des Cordeliers a Lyon (1895)
La Mer (1895)



The film has endured simply because of its extreme importance to the history of cinema. Otherwise, the title explains the entirety of the single shot.


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