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Le Saut la couverture

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'Le Saut la couverture' (also known as 'Brimade dans une caserne') is an 1895 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed and produced by Louis Lumire.

The film formed part of the first commercial presentation of the Lumire Cinmatographe on 28 December 1895 at the Salon Indien, Grand Caf, 14 Boulevard des Capuchins, Paris.


As with all early Lumire movies, this film was made in a 35 mm format with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It was filmed by means of the Cinmatographe, an all-in-one camera, which also serves as a film projector and developer.


Four men stand holding what appears to be a blanket, while one wearing a hat stands watching. A sixth man then runs towards them and attempts to jump into the blanket. He attempts this unsuccessfully twice in a row failing to jump high enough. On the third attempt he is able to jump and spin in the air, nearly clearing in the blanket. The man who are holding it then flip it a little in the air causing him to fall to the ground. His fourth attempt is more successful and he is able to roll on the blanket and land on his feet at the other side. He runs around for a fifth and final attempt but this is less successful and he gets stuck in the blanket and has difficulty getting out despite the attempts by the four men to throw him free.


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