The Missing Reel (1990)

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30 March 1999 | David3-D
| The Untold Story of the Lost Inventor of Moving Pictures
This film, I believe made for television, is based on the book of the same title by the Author and Director, Christopher Rawlence. Both the book and the film give incredible history. In 1890 the French inventor Augustin Le Prince boarded a train for Paris to present to audiences there the world's first motion-picture camera and projector. Le Prince mysteriously disappeared, and this event changed the history of motion pictures -- with the credit going to Thomas Alva Edison. The film takes us on a quest to examine the history and mystery of Le Prince, using family memoirs, archival materials, and early film footage. In the end it views almost like a detective film -- all the more incredible because it is all based on true events. I only had the chance to see it once on Public Television, and wish it would be shown again. At least the book is available, and goes into even further detail than the film.

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