Jean-Claude SEGUIN

Sydney est la capitale de la Nouvelle Galles du Sud (Australie). 


Le Kinetoscope (Pitt Street, <29> décembre 1894)

Sur Pitt Street fonctionne un kinetoscope dans les derniers jours de décembre:

The Kinetoscope Exhibition in Pitt-street comprises at present the Cock Fight, the Boxing Cats, and Ary Armand's Café Chanson interlude, with other animated subjects. The French comédienne's comic action is essentially Gallic, giving the spectator a vivid idea of the kind of gesture popular with the frequenters of the Boulevards; and all the Kinetoscope subjects furnish food for admiration or mirth.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 29 Dec. 1894, 5

Le Cinématographe de Carl Hertz (Tivoli, 19->19 septembre 1896)

En provenance de Melbourne, Carl Hertz inaugure ses projections au Tivoli :

At the Tivoli on Saturday night the " Cinematographe " was worked by Carl Hertz, and the highly successful exhibition of live pictures created a sensation. The invention is worked after the manner of a magic lantern, and throws photo-like and life-sized views on to a screen. Nearly a dozen pictures were shown, and all were loudly applauded, but the most popular were two London street scenes, the sea breaking on rocks and beach, an opera, and a burlesque of Trilby. Each of these had to be shown again in response to the vociferous demand of the delighted crowd. Of the series shown the Westminster Bridge one will be the most popular. the pedestrians, horses and vehicles are dearly delineated, and the fact that an elderly man turned his head round proved a source of great merriment. In Melbourne the onlookers used to whistle immediately before "daddy" looked round, and then followed a roar of laughter from the crowd. All the illustrations were shown without any kitch, There was one view of the Strand, London, an Oriental dance, a skirt dance, a Highlander and lassie dancing a fling, a racecourse scene, a female acrobat and a boxing match, in which the combatants moved leisurely. The most humorous was the hugging of a girl by a soldier, While the couple are billing and cooing on a seat a burly and elderly woman squats on the sent, and the young woman is engaged in shoving off the interloper when the picture ends. In response to the appeal of the audience Carl Hertz appeared on the stage and returned thanks for the approbation accorded the marvellous invention. He announced that he would to-night give his " Vanity Fair Entertainment." Miss Florrie Forde sang with much success a budget of serio-comics, and the others in the bill are Misses Rae Cowan, Emmie Morrison, Alma Gray, Hope Nation, Messrs. Pope, Sayles, Chas. Cogill, Tom Queen, Chas. Howard, S. J. Austin, Provo, H. Shine and the Durhams.

The Australian Star, Sydney, lundi 21 septembre 1896, p. 3.  

Le Cinématographe de James MacMahon (Salon Cinématographe, <9> novembre 1896)

James MacMahon présente un cinématographe au Salon Cinématographe dans les premiers jours de novembre : 

The new Cinematographe brought from Paris by Mr. James MacMahon, was successfully opened at the Salon Cinematographe (nearly opposite the Lyceum Theatre) shortly before noon on Saturday. Throughout the day there were large attendances, and with the exception: of "The Avenue de l’Opera Going Backwards," which at first refused· to go either backwards of forwards, the whole exhibition went without a hitch. In place of the refractory film a representation of a duel between French swordswomen was substituted. One advantage which this Cinematographe has is that the pictures are shown for a longer period than usual. This was especially noticeable in "The Arrival of the Paris Train," in which the train stopped, passengers went in and out; the signal for starting was given, and the carriages again left the railway station, before darkness eclipsed the scene. The audience also waxed enthusiastic over the procession of animals at the French Zoo. The amuse the children all kinds of weird beasties, ranging from ostriches to buffaloes, had been harnessed in pairs, whilst at the rear marched an enormous elephant, whose ponderous tread was clearly burlesqued by the Salon orchestra. One of the charms of the Cinematographe is that it brings home to the audience the daily life of foreign cities. This phase was illustrated by " The Stefan Platz, Vienna," in which the gaily-moving carriages and the busy throngs who foot it day by day in front of Vienna Cathedral, were vividly portrayed. "The Waves at Dieppe," Living Statuary," “'Batteries of Royal Artillery," and "La Loie Fuller," were all displayed in turn. Miss Fuller’s serpentine dance was beautifully depicted in colours, all the limelight effects being reproduced, and the applause was enthusiastic. The new Cinematographe will be on view all day until further notice at the hours quoted in another column.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 9 nov. 1896, p. 3.