🎧 The First Motion Picture: Conspiracy, Murder, and Movies
🎧 Patented: History of Inventions • 29m
In 1890, the man who shot the first ever motion picture boarded a train in Paris — and was never seen again.
Shortly after his disappearance, another inventor showcased a camera with uncanny similarities. Is it coincidence or conspiracy?
Today on the show we are joined by author and filmmaker Paul Fischer who tells the extraordinary story of Louis Le Prince, his untimely disappearance and the scandal that followed.
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