Lancement d'un Navire

Auguste & Louis Lumière | 1896 | ★★★★½
Beautifully framed and filled with movement, the Lumières’ extraordinarily powerful film documents the launch of a ship at La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, in 1896. Filling the frame, the ship dwarfs its human onlookers, who flinch and cower as it gathers speed, severing itself from its ropes and gargantuan chain-links, as it begins its journey towards destinations unknown.