For cinema was still very young, scarcely thirty years since Maxime Gorky had watched the first screenings of the Lumière brothers in Russia, and attempted this impossible task: to describe movies to people who had never seen them. Extracts from his article from July 4, 1896:

“Yesterday I was in the kingdom of the shadows. If only you knew how strange it is. No sounds, no smells, everything is gray. You see a Paris street, and suddenly characters come toward you. People appear and get bigger as they approach. Children play with a dog. Cyclists go by. Their smiles are lifeless. Their laughter is silent. It is terrifying to watch, but it is the movement of shadows, mere shadows.”

Chris Marker

Chris Marker, The Last Bolshevik (1993), 00:27:13.

Bryce Wilner
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