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Free talk on early history of cinema

Monday, June 16, 2014
An image from Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902).An image from Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902).

The T&T Film Festival (TTFF), in collaboration with the US Embassy, is pleased to host an informal talk on the early history of cinema and the appreciation of film at its offices at 199 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont on June 17 at 6.30 pm.


Leslie J Taubman, PhD, will give the talk, which is entitled Cinema as Art: An Introduction to the History and Appreciation of Film. The event—which will last approximately an hour—is free of charge, and everyone is invited.


Beginning in 1895, when brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière of France held the first public film screenings, cinema has entranced the world. Yet cinema as we know it now did not always exist, and the art form—considered the “seventh art”—has undergone many changes since the Lumières first showed their short, silent, black-and-white films to astonished Parisian audiences.


A release from the TTFF said Taubman, who developed the Film Studies programme at the UWI, will intersperse her talk with fascinating clips from early film history and speak about some of the pioneers of cinema. These include not only including the Lumières but also Georges Méliès, another Frenchman. (A fictionalised version of Méliès appeared in Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo, about the early days of cinema.)


The talk will take her up to the momentous year 1927—when sound was introduced and cinema changed forever.


Taubman has written for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. She has given talks on cinema in numerous countries around the world.