1897: A Serving of Py
In 1897, a Frenchman named Eugene Py made the first film to be shot in Argentina. Py worked for two gentlemen, Henri Lepage from Belgium, and an Austrian named Max Glücksmann at the Casa Lepage, a photographic supplies business in Buenos Aires. Having seen the Lumieres' debut presentation of the Cinematograph in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Odeon the previous year, the three men imported the first French photographic equipment into the country.
Argentina’s first film, shot on a Gaumont camera, was entitled La Bandera Argentina (The Argentine Flag). The film was 17 metres long, and required the construction of a processing laboratory on Lepage’s premises. [ADD]
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