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Film, Representations of Nature in

When the very first motion pictures were shown to audiences in France during 1896, many people noticed with delight that “leaves on the trees seemed like they were moving” in Lumière's short film Le déjeuner de Bébé (“Baby's Breakfast”). Although there are many genres and various formats of films, there are also two opposite categories: those that idealize nature or take the defense of the environment, and those that show nature, animals, or space as dangerous for humans.

The Silent Years (1895–1928)

In the early 20th century, many films were short documentaries made by traveling cameramen, showing moving images of Paris, London, Rome, or New York to remote audiences in less developed countries, and then bringing back living images of Egypt, African countries and tribes, colonies, or ...

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