Feeding the Baby

Auguste Lumière and his wife feed a baby. Leaves rustle in the background. French. Original title: Repas de bébé

Framed like a photograph, this early film functions as a true moving picture—a family portrait brought to life. Early audiences were thrilled by the movement in the background, which is also reflected in the window above baby’s head. As he gets fed, the tone is personal, the camera unobtrusive. It still feels like a performance but one by parents rather than actors.

Louis Lumière, 1895

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