The motion picture camera is the closest thing we have to a time machine.
That's never more evident than in the new release from Kino on Video, ``The Lumiere Brothers' First Films.' Through the magic of film (or, in this case, video) we see the people and places of the late 19th century ``live' again.Although most Americans believe Thomas Edison invented the movies, other inventors around the world also were working on devices to make pictures move. Among the first to do so were Frenchmen Auguste and Louis Lumiere.
On March 19, 1895, the two set up a camera in front of a factory and filmed the workers leaving for the day, creating the first known moving images made. Remarkably, that film survives and leads off the Kino video collection.
Kino's collection includes 85 of the short Lumiere films and is narrated by French director Bertrand Tavernier. ``The Lumiere Brothers' First Films' is priced at $49.95 and can be ordered by calling (800) 562-3330.