125 years ago, on 12/28/1895, the Lumiere Brothers conducted the first-ever commercial movie screening in Paris, using their camera/projector the Cinematographe. To mark the anniversary, the director of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux offered a guest column to Variety Magazine, looking back at the invention of movie going and forward to its post-pandemic future. The 125 year history of exhibition proves that going to the movies is fundamental to our nature, merging our desire to be entertained with our need to be social.
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