On this day in 1895, the world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by Louis and Auguste Lumiere, two French brothers who developed a camera-projector called the Cinematographe.
The Lumiere brothers unveiled their invention to the public in March 1895 with a brief film showing workers leaving the Lumiere factory. On December 28, the entrepreneurial siblings screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life and charged admission for the first time.
A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better. From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness in the most delightfully unexpected ways. But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?
Rating: R (for sexual content)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Foreign
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Written By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
Language: French (Subtitled in English)
Release Date: 4 November 2001 in USA
Worldwide Gross: $173,924,742 (Worldwide)
Runtime: 122 minutes
Amélie Poulain —> Audrey Tautou
French actress Audrey Tautou hit the international spotlight in 2001 as the star of the whimsical Parisian romance “Amélie” (2001), which went on to become the top-grossing French-language film ever released in the United States. With her wide eyes and shy, winsome smile, the brunette gamine instantly earned comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and like Hepburn, she successfully built a film career alternating between light romantic comedies and teary dramas. Many of Tautou’s popular French films did not make it to U.S. theaters, however following the art house success of “Amélie” and the World War I-set romantic drama “A Very Long Engagement” (2004), Tautou answered the call of Hollywood, co-starring opposite Tom Hanks in the blockbuster thriller “The Da Vinci Code” (2006). Tautou’s experience in an overblown, critically reviled hit failed to draw her to American filmmaking, so she promptly returned to the French fold where a starring role as design icon Coco Chanel in “Coco Before Chanel” (2009) proved that the actress had a whole career of increasingly mature roles ahead of her once her quirky, youthful charm had run its course.