Pauvre Pierrot (1892)
One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away.
Genre Short, Comedy, Romance, Animation
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Contains 500 frames. Reynaud is believed to have given most of the presentations himself, manipulating the duration the frames were displayed, creating up to a 15 minute performance.
Pauvre Pierrot was one of three cartoons shown in Émile Reynaud's show entitled 'Pantomimes Lumineuses'. It's believed that over 500,000 people attended the show during it's 8 year run.
The cartoon was hand drawn on hundreds of sheets of glass, each inlaid in a leather strips, through which a light was shone projecting the figures on a backdrop, as it was spooled from one reel to another, much like a modern film reel.
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