“La sortie des usines Lumière” (1895) IMDb

References here: The Lumière Brothers’ First Films (1996).

moving picture non-fiction

Lumière public debut:

“Le repas de bébé” (1895) IMDb

Lumière public debut:

“Le saut à la couverture” (1895) IMDb

Lumière public debut:

“L’arroseur arrosé” (1895) IMDb

Categorization

Generally held to be the earliest live-action fiction film, in the rather abstruse sense of it being the contents of a thin strip of celluloid (literally a film) intended for light to shine through it in such a way as to enlarge a series of photographs of people acting, obtained in real time, onto a big screen.

Subject

A gardener is watering some plants with a hose. A boy comes along and blocks the flow by stepping on the hose. Puzzled, the gardener peers into the muzzle.

Commentary

The oldest gag in movies. Projected during the first paid performance of the Lumière Cinematographe at a café in Paris; the other nine films were non-fiction. All were shorter than a minute.

fiction moving picture

Lumière public debut:

“Le Débarquement du congrès de photographie à Lyon” (1895) IMDb

Lumière public debut:

“Place des Cordeliers à Lyon” (1895) IMDb