Films with synchronized speech…

Several short films were screened at the Paris Exposition on June 8. 1900. Including one film by the Gaumont Company of France, featuring Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet. An amplified record player, carefully synchronized to play the speech along with the film.

Additional Information:

  • Exposition Universelle (1900) – Wikipedia
    The Exposition Universelle of 1900 was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next.
  • Gaumont Film Company – Wikipedia
    The Gaumont Film Company (French pronunciation: ​[gomɔ̃]) (often shorted to Gaumont) is a French mini-major film studio founded by the engineer-turned-inventor Léon Gaumont (1864–1946), in 1895.
  • The divine Sarah Bernhardt’s Hamlet | The Shakespeare blog
    Bernhardt was born in 1844 and made her stage debut in 1862. Although she made her name in her native France playing roles such as Phedre in Racine’s intense drama, she loved Shakespeare and appeared as Cordelia in King Lear and Lady Macbeth. In 1899 she played Hamlet in a French adaptation of the play in twelve scenes.
  • Motion picture (sound film) – New World Encyclopedia
    A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film. The first known public exhibition of projected sound films took place in Paris in 1900, but it would be decades before reliable synchronization was made commercially practical.
  • Sound film – Wikipedia
    A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film. The first known public exhibition of projected sound films took place in Paris in 1900, but decades passed before sound motion pictures were made commercially practical.
Date:
      June 8th, 1900
Featured: Sarah Bernhardt
Location:
      Paris, France

Poster featuring Sarah Bernhardt and giving the names of eighteen other “famous artists” shown in “living visions” at the 1900 Paris Exposition using the Gratioulet-Lioret system.


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