Demolition of a wall

Demolition of a Wall is a French film directed by Louis Lumière , released in 1896 1 .


The film shows a group of workers demolishing a wall that in the end collapses.


  • The character of the “foreman” is none other than August Light.
  • This “animated view”, as well as the Lumière call their films, inspired others to Louis to prolong the success of the discovery he made during a projection, rewinding the film without turning off the lantern. The wall is recovering in a miraculous thrust. The reverse has just been invented and will amaze many spectators. Louis Lumière turns several subjects especially to show them in reverse, like a diver jumping from his diving board and coming back like a bird perching on board 2 .

Technical sheet

  • Title: Demolition of a wall
  • Director: Louis Lumière
  • Production: Société Lumière
  • Photography: Louis Lumière
  • Duration: 45 seconds
  • Format: 35 mm double play round perforations Light by photogram, black and white, ratio: 1.33: 1
  • Country: France
  • Release date :
  •  France : 1895 (reissued on)


  • Foreman: Auguste Lumière

Notes and references

  1. ↑ (led by) Michelle Aubert and Jean-Claude Seguin, “The film production of the Lumière brothers,” Bifi-editions, movie Memoirs, Paris, 1996 ( ISBN  2-9509048-1-5 )
  2. ↑ Marie-France Briselance and Jean-Claude Morin , film grammar , Paris, New World ,, 588 p. ( ISBN  978-2-84736-458-3 ) , p.  41

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