From Reel to Real: The First Movie Fans

  • Samantha Barbas


In 1902, A Country Farmer named Uncle Josh embarked on an adventure: he decided to go to the movies. Josh had never been to the cinema before and eagerly anticipated his first show. But what he discovered far surpassed his expectations. The images on the screen, he found, were incredibly realistic—they were so lifelike that he mistook them for reality. When an attractive woman appeared on the screen, Josh jumped out of his seat to dance with her. When a train whizzed by in the next scene, he leaped back in terror. Josh was so engrossed that he started shouting when he saw a film of a man and woman embracing; the young woman, it seemed, was being seduced, and he was determined to stop the affair. Hoping to attack the lecherous villain, he lunged toward the screen, which collapsed under his weight.


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