258: Musée Grévin / Pantomimes Lumineuses. 1982
Artist: JULES CHÉRET (1836-1932) Size: 31 1/8 x 43 3/8 in./79 x 110.3 Imp. Chaix, Paris Arguably one of the first motion pictures, Emile Reynaud's Pantomimes Lumineuses premiered at the Musée Grévin on October 28, 1892. Utilizing long strips of transparent images manually pulled across a translucent screen, this primitive, 1600 frame film lasted between twelve and fifteen minutes, showcasing three cartoon stories: Pauvre Pierrot, Un bon bock, and Le Clown et ses chiens.While exceedingly popular, having been seen by more than 500,000 viewers over an eight year period, Reynaud's technology had been outmatched by the turn of the century, forcing his work almost into obscurity. Today, only fragments of the films remain.