With ↑this year’s EthnoFilmFest in Munich close (16 through 20 November 2011) I remembered some old associations.
The above screenshot is taken from the 46 seconds short film “↑Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory,” the first of a series of ten short films presented at the ↑very first commercial screening of movies—on 28th December 1895 in Paris, at the Salon Indien du Grand Café. The short piece is a documentary film, or an ethnographic film—if you take ethnographic in the strict sense of the term.
41 years later Chaplin brought “Modern Times” (1936) on the silver screen, ↵which is downright cyberpunk. The opening title card reads:
“Modern Times.” A story of industry, of individual enterprise—humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness.
When the title card fades we are confronted with exactly the same sujet the ↑Lumière brothers had chosen: