The Eleventh Film VIII
The Eleventh Film – Part III
There once was a looped fragment.
The image of a word.
Now there is only nothing.
And any thoughts that still remain are those she had about the end of all things.
Here is the first in an occasional flash fiction series.
The Eleventh Film re-imagines the birth of cinema as something altogether more sinister by offering a Lovecraftian take on the world-changing event that took place in Paris in 1895.
The Eleventh Film
The first public film screening was organized by Auguste and Louis Lumière and took place on December 28th 1895 at the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris.
Eleven short films were on the bill that night.
When passed through a projector, the average film was 17 meters long and ran for approximately 50 seconds.
Only ten films are listed for posterity.
- La Sortie de L’Usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory ) (46 seconds)
- Le Jardinier (L’Arroseur Arrosé) (The Gardener, or The Sprinkler Sprinkled) (49 seconds)
- Le Débarquement du Congrès de Photographie à Lyon (The Disembarkment of the Congress of Photographers in Lyon) (48 seconds)
- La Voltige (Horse Trick Riders) (46 seconds)
- La Pêche aux poissons rouges (Fishing for Goldfish) (42 seconds)
- Les Forgerons (Blacksmiths) (49 seconds)
- Repas de bébé (Baby’s Breakfast) (41 seconds)
- Le Saut à la couverture (Jumping onto the Blanket) (41 seconds)
- La Places des Cordeliers à Lyon (Cordeliers Square in Lyon) (44 seconds)
- La Mer (Baignade en mer) (The Sea/Bathing in the Sea) (38 seconds)
The eleventh film was called The View of Pazuzu returning to the World. This was a simple desert scene, with a half-buried broken statue anointed by a baleful simoon.
It only ran for one second and was not noticed by most of the audience.
Not you too, Paul Hewson, I said to myself. But it was. The images were grainy. The glasses gave him away. It was snowing in the footage. The garage forecourt was empty. Where was Catherine Deneuve?
Bono was talking on what looked like a Mobira Cityman 900. 183 x 43 x 79 mm. Those things have a total weight of 760g. They are nicknamed ‘Gorba’ in Finland because Mikhail Gorbachev used one during a press conference in 1987.
Who would be on the other end of a phone like that? And what would they be saying? I could only imagine.
The enormity of my task fell upon me like wealth fell hard on Charles Foster Kane.