On This Day in Oil & Gas: March 22nd - Lumière Bros

March 22nd, 1895, Paris, France - The curtain parts and forty-four spectators at the Rue de Rennes sit in silent anticipation. 46 seconds later, the curtains close. Our view of the world will never be the same again.

That hand-picked audience had just watched La Sortie des ouvriers de l’usine Lumiére, the world’s first ever motion picture. 16 years later, film theoretician, Ricciotto Canudo, would call cinema "The Seventh Art" - the fusion of the spatial and temporal arts. 101 years after that and the American movie box office alone would gross $34.7 billion in 2012 and the world’s highest paid actor made $75 million in a single year.

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So aside from There Will Be Blood, what impact has the Oil & Gas Industry had on the silver screen? Well for a start, the synthesis of chemical and silver compounds necessary for the creation of 35 mm film stock could not have existed without the rise of the petrochemical industry in the 19th century.

No oil industry, no "I could’ve been a contender", no "pucker up your lips and blow", no "frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn".

What a strange place the world would be….


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