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March 22, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Lumière Brothers, Lully, Nicolas Flamel

On the 22nd of March –

In 1895 the brothers Lumière show the first motion picture to a private audience.
Souvenir : le hangar de l'Institut Lumière..
The first movie shown was ‘La sortie des usines Lumière’, an exciting epic of people leaving the factory gates of the Lumière factory. It makes one curious after lost treasures such as ‘Removing my calusses’ and ‘Watching the grass grow’.
Workers leaving the Camperdown Mills in Dundee

French composer and conductor Jean-Baptiste Lully dies in 1687 after stabbing himself in the foot with the long stick he used to indicate the pace. From this incident the Dutch word ‘lullig’ (English: silly) is derived.
Portrait de Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Lully - Versailles..

In 1418 Nicolas Flamel, French Alchemist, dies, proving that the rumours that he discovered the Philosopher’s Stone are not true.
Le fabuleux grimoire de Nicolas Flamel..
Epitaphe de Nicolas Flamel
Tombeau de nicolas flamelle [sic] très dégradé et transporté à St Jacques la Boucherie : [dessin] / [Charles-Louis Bernier]

He much later made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the series, and will forever be linked to that in popular culture:
Harry Potter


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