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The Maison and Its Minor: Lumière(s), Film History, and the Early Archive

From: Cinema Journal
Volume 52, Number 4, Summer 2013
pp. 25-48 | 10.1353/cj.2013.0035



This article examines three distinct examples of expedition filmmaking in the Lumière archive: the Village Ashanti series, Alexandre Promio’s North African street scenes, and Repas d’Indiens, a single shot from Mexico City. Taking departure as a historical fact and a critical tool, this article explores the visual, epistemological, and archival instabilities that the expedition films produce.

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