Watch 120 Years of Movies in 120 Seconds
Today marks the 120th anniversary of modern moviegoing as we know it, as it was on this day in 1895 that Auguste and Louis Lumière mounted the world’s first commercial movie screening at Paris’s Grand Café. The evening’s program consisted of 10 short films, including the Lumière brothers’ own La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon), each one about 50 seconds in length—which is a far cry from the two-hour (or more) running times that are standard nowadays.
To commemorate the cinema experience's 120th anniversary, the folks at Moon Film—who are best known for reediting popular films so that viewers can watch them backwards—have put together the video above, which offers a quick glimpse at the many ways in which movies have evolved over the past century-plus. The supercut, featuring clips of 75 different films from 75 different directors, begins (appropriately) with the Lumière brothers and chronicles all the way through Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“This is not a ranking of the best movies of all time by any means,” say Moon Film’s creators, “but merely a celebration of cinema's 120th anniversary.” Grab some popcorn, and enjoy.