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1897: The Camera Never Lies

Boleslaw Matuszewski

Another piece of cinematic history took place this year when the movie camera proved a manís innocence.   During an official visit to Russia, Felix Faure, the French president, was accused by the mischievous German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck of failing to bare his head to the Russian flag upon disembarking from a ship.   However, Faureís arrival had been filmed by Boleslaw Matuszewski, the Tsarís official photographer, on a Lumiere Cinematograph, and the film he made was used as evidence to refute Bismarckís malicious claim.   History now suggests that Bismarck feared revenge by the French for their defeat at the hands of the Germans in 1871, and was attempting to destroy the burgeoning alliance between France and Russia. [ADD]

 

 

 

 

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