Why we go to cinema and not to pleo?

15 February 2016

A Polish inventor constructed a movie projector a year before the Lumière brothers. Why don’t we remember about him today?

Let’s move on in time to the beginning of the 20th century. In the streets we’ll see cameramen bending over boxes on tripods, fiercely cranking up the film stock. In cinema theatres we can see incredibly long, 5-minute silent black and white movies – since longer movies can cause tearing, headaches and general disgust with the arts. The projectors are heavy, bulky and expensive, available only to a group of financiers and rich enthusiasts of the newborn art of filmmaking.
At the same time, Kazimierz Prószyński films the streets of Paris from a carriage, using the first ever hand-held camera with image stabilisation and automatic powering.
He has already managed to successfully transmit an image wirelessly, constructed a film projector a year before the Lumière brothers, experimented with sound film and found a cheap method of getting rid of the annoying shaking of the image…

Authors: Monika A. Koperska, Piotr Skawiński

Source: Why we go to the cinema and not to pleo, Gazeta Wyborcza, Science, 2 April 2015

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