Commercial success was rather modest: 35 tickets were sold for 1 franc apiece. But it was an incredible success in technology development, so this event went down in history, and is listed in it under the name “the first public film screening.” The brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière indulged the curious with a program that included what we would now call short motion picture. The people marveled at La Sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon [Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon], laughed at l'Arroseur Arrosé [The Sprinkler Sprinkled], and were terribly frightened by L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat [The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station] – some even tried to escape. The next day, a queue lined up along the boulevard. And in 1926, the World Congress of Cinematographers was held in Paris. In a corner of the hall, a shabbily dressed old man sat silently. “What do you want here?” the organizers asked sternly. “You see, I am Lumière.” The scene, presumably, was no weaker than that in The Government Inspector.
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