The Festival de Cannes, one of the world’s most famous and prestigious film festivals, was held from May 17 to 28. The festival is held every year in the town of Cannes, France. Film celebrities from all over the world were in attendance. The highest award at the festival is the Palme d’Or (French for “Golden Palm”), which was awarded to the Swedish film “The Square”. An unofficial award is also given to the dog that has the best performance in a film. The award is called the Palm Dog. The winner this year was the poodle Bruno for his role in the American film “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”
The Cannes film festival was first held 70 years ago, but that’s only about half as old as film-making itself. Photography, or the art of “still pictures” was invented in the 1820s. It was only in the 1890s that “moving pictures” were invented.
Eadweard Muybridge was a photographer who invented a device that influenced future inventions in movie projectors. He lived from 1830 to 1904. He was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the United States when he was a young man. He made a name for himself with his excellent photographs of some sites in California, USA.
Muybridge was hired by a businessman to settle a bet for him. The businessman had claimed that a horse actually lifts all four legs off the ground while galloping. Muybridge invented a technique of using several cameras to capture pictures of a galloping horse on a farm and was able to show that the businessman was right. Soon, Muybridge invented a device called a “zoopraxiscope” that could project a series of pictures and give the sense of motion.
The businessman whose bet Muybridge settled was a person called Leland Stanford, and the farm where he took his pictures is now home to Stanford University, California, USA.
Image Credits: http://www.festival-cannes.com for the Cannes film festival logo images, Stanford University for its logo
Sources: http://www.festival-cannes.com, http://ew.com, http://www.wildfilmhistory.org, https://www.britannica.com, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com, http://news.stanford.edu