Friday, May 16, 2008
In Paris, you always visit the same cemetaries: Père Lachaise, Montpartnasse and Montmartre. But there are many more... such as Le Cimetière de Belleville, a little cemetary where I found the grave of Léon Gaumont, a famous French inventor and engineer who got involved in the cinema business at the end of the 19th century 1895, to be exact). His company (La Gaumont! ) produced as early as 1910 the first "news" that people could watch in movie theaters. They still had them when I was a little boy (yes I'm showing my age!!). He was a friend of the famous Lumiere Brothers of Lyon, direct competitor of Charles Pathe, and produced films from 1895 until he retired to the Riviera in 1929 (Judex, Vampires, Tih Minh, Onesime, Bebe, etc.) and his company remains one of the oldest exisitng film companies still operating under the same name.