The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures
‘Fascinating . . . filled with lively historical digressions.’ New York Times ‘Best True Crime of 2022’
In 1888 Louis Le Prince shot the world’s first motion picture in Leeds, England.
In 1890, weeks before the public unveiling of his camera and projector – a year before Thomas Edison announced that the had invented a motion picture camera – Le Prince stepped on a train in France – and disappeared without a trace. He was never seen or heard from again. No body was ever found.
Le Prince’s family were convinced Edison had stolen Louis’s work, and so they sued the most famous inventor in the world. By the time the lawsuit was over, Le Prince’s own son was dead under suspicious circumstances – and modern Hollywood was being born.
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