The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures

Paul Fischer


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2 March 2023
ISBN: 9780571348657
416 pages

From the publisher

‘This extraordinary tale of rivalry and celluloid . . . has fascinated cinéastes for years.’ Kathryn Hughes, Sunday Times

‘Illuminating and thrilling.’ The Spectator

‘Absorbing, forensic and jaw-dropping.’ Total Film

In 1888, Louis Le Prince shot the world’s first motion picture in Leeds, England.

In 1890, weeks before the planned public unveiling of his camera and projector, Le Prince boarded a train in France – and disappeared without a trace. His body was never found.

In 1891, Thomas Edison – inventor of the lightbulb and the phonograph – announced that he had developed a motion-picture camera.

Le Prince’s family, convinced that Edison had stolen Louis’s work, proceeded to sue the most famous inventor in the world. The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures excavates one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Victorian age and offers a revelatory rewriting of the birth of modern pictures.