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July 1897: Sweden Starts Filming

Lumiére films were introduced to Sweden this year at the General Exhibition of Art & Industry in Stockholm.   The screenings were held by Numa Peterson’s Handel’s & Fabriks AB photographic supplies company at a purpose-built cinema managed by C. V. Roikjer.   Peterson, who held exclusive rights to the Lumiére catalogue in Sweden, also helped pioneer filmmaker Ernest Florman make a number of films in July 1897.   These films were mostly actualities such as Gate of the Castle in Old Stockholm, and Game of Lawn Tennis, but one was a fiction film entitled Slagsmål I Gamla Stockholm (A Battle in Old Stockholm) which made use of the re-creation of old Stockholm at the Exhibition and featured actors in Seventeenth Century costumes.   The film was shown at the Exhibition on the 14th August.   The following month Florman’s comedy, An Acrobat Has Bad Luck, was also screened at the Exhibition.   In October, once the Exhibition had closed, Peterson established his Cinematograph show at the Gamla Panopikon at 12 Kungstradgardsgatan, where it ran until the end of August 1898. [ADD] 




Sweden: 1897



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