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Despite diligent research and expert help, the excitable presenter readily gives in to mythmaking, especially when conjecturing on Le Princes uncertain end.
A personal 30-year quest by filmmaker Wilkinson to get to the bottom of an astonishing omission from film history, this documentary plays out like an urgent mystery.
The doc isn't especially cinematic but you can't help but admire the dogged passion with which Wilkinson has pursued his subject.
Alas, Wilkinson's presenting style is a bit Alan Partridge and he just isn't very good at making the story come alive on screen.
A flickering story that blends intrigue, industrial espionage, and possibly even murder.
This is a meticulously researched investigation into the achievements and mysterious disappearance of Le Prince, who vanished without trace while travelling on the Dijon-Paris express in September 1890.
Despite a crippling lack of solid information and a fair amount of speculation, the documentary mounts a solid case for Le Prince, an inventor and artist, to be recognised as the true father of film.
Williamson makes a clear case that Le Prince was a prototypical film artist, and a genuine pioneer.
The First Film should be a worthy resource for cinema history enthusiasts and students alike.
A sincere, fascinating look at the birth of cinema.
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