Film, the Child in

From the very beginning of cinema, the child has been a favored subject. When Louis and Auguste Lumière premiered their 10 short films at the first ever paid public screening of films on December 28, 1895, two films featured children. Repas de Bébé (also known as Baby’s Dinner and Feeding the Baby) is a brief black and white actuality or documentary in which Auguste Lumière and his wife take turns feeding their baby daughter while sitting at an outside table. L’Arroseuer Arrosé (The Sprinkler Sprinkled, also known as The Waterer Watered), widely considered to be the first fictional film and first film comedy, shows a gardener using a hose to water flowers when a boy about 10 years old sneaks up to stand on ...

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