Around a cabin is a cartoon directed by Émile Reynaud , released in 1894 . This footage uses the process of optical theater , allowing Reynaud to project a film painted by hand in color while the Cinematograph of the Lumière brothers did not exist yet. The screenings are accompanied on the piano by music specially written by the composerGaston Paulin . Silver rods placed on the flexible belt at key moments actuate a buzzer which, using an electromagnet , produces, for example, the noise of the cabin door.
This film is part of the second program of Luminous Pantomimes, which screenings took place at the Musée Grévin’s Cabinet Fantastique , from December 1894 to March 1900 1 .