Author Archive for: ‘Sally Jackson’

Patineur Grotesque: Marius Sestier and the Lumière Cinématographe in Australia, September-November 1896

Marius Sestier holding a stereo viewer. Postcard. Marius Sestier Collection. National Film and Sound Archive. Courtesy Mme Petitbois and Messrs Sestier and Jeune. Patineur Grotesque (Australia 1896), although filmed in Melbourne, was unknown in Australia until recently. The film was found and preserved by the Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchivum (the Hungarian National Film Archive) in 1966 but was not identified as a …

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Almost the greatest scientific invention of the age

On 24 September 1896, the Lumière representative to Bombay and Australia, Marius Sestier, received a telegram from the home office in Lyon. The films he had made in India and shipped back to France before leaving Bombay in mid-August had been opened by customs and ruined. [1] He was just eight days into his Australian tour and all of his …

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Like Boils the Cinématographe Tends to Break Out – The Films of the 1896 Melbourne Cup: The Lawn Near the Bandstand

[1] Any Melbourne Cup race is a dramatic competition. In 1896, Newhaven was the favourite and, having streaked past the finishing post six lengths ahead of the other horses, was clearly the winner almost from the beginning. For the first time, motion-picture cameras captured the action on and off the course as Marius Sestier, a representative of the frères Lumiere, …

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