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Bicyclist (1896)

Bicycliste (original title)
In 1896, cinema pioneer Louis Lumière decided to register a man doing impressive tricks on his bicycle, closely observed by a curious crowd. Riding it backwards or standing on the top of ... See full summary »

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In 1896, cinema pioneer Louis Lumière decided to register a man doing impressive tricks on his bicycle, closely observed by a curious crowd. Riding it backwards or standing on the top of the bike, sometimes in a clumsy way, other times like a master of this craft, the man seems to be enjoying himself while leaving the passers by truly wanting to know how he manages to perform all those tricks. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Lumiere Film Catalog no. 17 See more »

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Edited into The Lumière Brothers' First Films (1996) See more »

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If this is the real thing made back in 1896, then it's impressively well filmed and preserved
11 December 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

I'm not sure if the film I just watched was really made in 1896 due to its incredible preservation, I mean, one distracted viewer could think that this was shot in the 1940's or even 1960's, the quality is very impressive. Not just that but there's something there that makes of "Bicycliste" a recent film that wasn't released in the 19th Century.

Here, Lumière brothers capture a man performing some acts with his bicycle, like climbing upon it, walking backwards, sometimes riding it in a very clumsy way observed by a small crowd.

Nowadays, his tricks with the bike might not be so appealing to anyone but the way it is filmed and just observe a distant period of time makes this short film very interesting, so nice to see. And considering that most film works of that period usually aren't so well preserved, so grainy and all, this was quite different, the filmmakers by the time seem to have dominated the new available film techniques in order to make this film.

It's there on YouTube, just search for it and watch it. But if you have proof that this isn't the film, that the original is missing or was totally lost let me know or show me the real thing. Until then, the film I watched was remarkably well made. 10/10


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4 July 1896 (France) See more »

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