Sackville Street

Director: Alexandre Promio

In 1897, at the very dawn of cinema, Alexandre Promio, an agent of the Lumière Brothers, visited Ireland to capture films for their international catalogue of actualities. This 50 second actuality film presents a view of Sackville (now O’Connell) Street from the O’Connell Bridge end. The Lumières – pioneers in the development of cinema in the 1890s – inaugurated ‘actuality cinema’, a non-fiction film genre consisting of the depiction of everyday life, military and sporting activities unfolding in an unmediated manner before the camera.

Notes by Experimental Film Club.

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