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Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at Paris Cinémathèque. Photo: ©Mikki Ansin 2011
No wonder the French are so crazy about movies—they invented them!
The Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, first exhibited 10 films in 1895 but their 1896 showing of L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de la Ciotat (Arrival of a Train at a Station) was so startling that just the sight of trains moving on the screen caused screaming viewers to flee the room.
Through the years, French film has had an enormous influence on American film, and vice versa.
It is no surprise that earlier this year the Paris Cinémathèque was selected to host the gorgeous exhibition of director Stanley Kubrick‘s work, which filled two full floors of the Frank Gehry-designed building.
Above are the masks worn by sex club members in Kubrick’s last film, Eyes Wide Shut.
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Mikki Ansin is a photojournalist and Francophile who loves the colors of France. Watch for her photos every other week. Click on her name to read her full profile and to see more of her photography published by BonjourParis.
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