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Wikipedia article

'Bataille de neige' , also known as 'Snowballing', is an 1897 French short silent film produced by the [https://www.britannica.com/biography/Lumiere-brothers Lumire brothers]. Filmed in Lyons, France, it depicts a number of individuals engaged in a snowball fight on a city street.


The camera is centered on a pathway made through a snow-covered city street. On both side of the pathway, several men and women are engaged in a snowball fight. A cyclist rides into the path of the fight, and is hit by snowballs, causing him to lose control of his bicycle and fall to the ground. His cap is flung onto the pathway. One male participant in the engagement grabs hold of the cyclist's bicycle and lifts it off the ground, and the fallen cyclist scrambles to his feet and yanks his bicycle away from the participant. After retrieving possession of his bicycle, the cyclist climbs back atop it and rides away.


'Bataille de neige' was shot in Lyon, France, with a cinmatographe, an all-in-one camera, which also serves as a film projector and developer. As with all early Lumire movies, this film was made in a 35 mm format with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Current status

Given its age, the copyright on this short film has now expired. It is featured in a number of film collections, including 'The Movies Begin A Treasury of Early Cinema, 18941913'. In 2020 the 'New York Times' did a feature article about the film, written by Sam Anderson, after a Russian amateur film restorer posted a cleaned up and colourized version of the film to YouTube. The result is "shockingly modern" said Anderson.


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