The Sea  (1896)

5.6 / 10

Several little boys run along a pier, then jump into the ocean.

Country France

Genre Documentary, Short

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  • Country: France
  • Runtime: 1min
  • 28 Dec 1895 (France)


The sea is before us. Some rocks are visible to the right and a narrow jetty extends about ten meters or so about three feet above the sea, held up by two sets of pylons. A woman and several lads about ten years old are coming out onto the rocks, one climbs onto the jetty at the end. He jumps back into the sea as the lads and lady run out to the end of the jetty and jump off. Even though the sea looks to be only about a foot deep, one boy does a flip into the water and repeats it later. The others simply jump in. Written by <>

Keywords: sea, pier, swimming, swimmer

Genres: Documentary, Short


Lasting just 50 seconds, this 1895 actuality from the Lumiere Brothers captures a quartet of bathers — three boys and a woman — running along a narrow pier and jumping into the sea. Once in the water — which is actually quite choppy, it must have been a fairly unsettled day — they wade back to the shore and climb back onto the pier for another go. It all looks like a lot of effort for precious little rewards to me, but there you go — they didn’t have Xboxes or Facebook in those days…
It might just be a fortunate accident, but the cameraman — quite possibly Louis Lumiere himself — situated t...

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Author: Richard Cross

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Release Date: 28 Dec 1895 (France) See more

Also Known As: FI See more