City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907

City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907


  • Feb 20–Jul 10, 2022
  • Resnick Pavilion
  • Today's hours: 11 am–6 pm

Exhibition Soundtrack Available
The City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907 exhibition soundtrack traces the evolution of film as an art form inextricably linked to its birthplace. The music transports listeners to the streets of Paris; toy pianos and mechanical musical instruments echo the live scores that accompanied the earliest movie screenings; and a selection of experimental music mirrors the space where experimentation and imagination meets filmmaking as a craft and commercial enterprise. 



Virtual Tour—City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907

Examining cinema in the context of 19th-century Parisian culture, join co-curators Leah Lehmbeck and Britt Salvesen of LACMA and Vanessa R. Schwartz of USC for a virtual tour the exhibition City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907. City of Cinema is on view at LACMA February 20–July 10, 2022.

Extracts from The Cinematograph: Birth of an Art (2021), a film by Stefan Cornic

Three clips—discussing the Expositions Universelles, the Pantomimes Lumineuses, and the Salle de Cinéma—from a 53-minute documentary, written and directed by Stefan Cornic, produced by Jean-Marie Nizan, and featuring interviews with Thierry Frémaux, Bertrand Lemoine, Dominique Païni, and Vanessa Schwartz, and the voice of Hester Wilcox. (c) ARTE France, Beall Productions, Musées d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie.