Gaumont, Since Cinema Exists

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Passionate for the discoveries of Thomas Alva Edison and the brothers Louis and August Lumière, León Gaumont believed in the budding power of the film art, therefore he decided to produce screening devices since 1900. During the first decade of the 20th century, he bought the patents or developed inventions such as the chronophone, a device used in theatres and created to synchronize sound with image. For that he relied on his secretary Alice Guy, considered the first female filmmaker and producer of cinema, who was in charge of about 300 films, besides several cinematographic experiments. León Gaumont also had the support of who would become the artistic director of his company, Louis Feuillade, creator of classic serials like Fantômas (1913-1914) or The Vampires (1915-1916).

With pieces coming from the Gaumont Museum, the exhibition presents 200 original objects from the studio private collection, such as the statuette of Musidora, protagonist of The Vampires (Les vampires, Louis Feuillade, 1915) or the letter where Jean Cocteau invited Marcel Pagnol to participate in Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête, 1946). Also, among the 18 original costumes are those of Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element (Luc Besson, 1997), Uma Thurman in Vatel (Roland Joffé, 2000), and Natalie Portman in Leon (Luc Besson, 1994).


April 10 to June 30 2019
From Tuesday to Sunday , 11:00 - 21:00 hrs.
$65.00MX General admission, $45.00MX With discount (showing ID of student, teacher, INAPAM, or for persons under 25 years of age), Free admission


National Cinematheque   Ver más información del recinto

Av. México-Coyoacán 389 Col. Xoco, C.P. 3330, Deleg. Benito Juárez México, Ciudad de México   Cómo llegar

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