Item #4377 Manuscript letter to « Monsieur Lumière, fabricant d’appareils photographiques, Lyon », in French, signed by the secretary of King Alexander I of Serbia, Belgrade, 9/21 July 1896. LUMIÈRE BROTHERS - CINEMA.

Manuscript letter to « Monsieur Lumière, fabricant d’appareils photographiques, Lyon », in French, signed by the secretary of King Alexander I of Serbia, Belgrade, 9/21 July 1896.

Large 4°, 1 page 1/2. Ink on letterhead paper « Chancellerie du Maréchal de la Cour ». Ink stamp : « Le Cinematographe ». Item #4377

Presentation of the Cinématographe to the King of Serbia
Letter of thanks for the private film screening given by the Lumière brothers agents Carré and Girin to King Alexandre I of Serbia.
The Chancellery of the Chamberlain of the Household (« Chancellerie du Maréchal de la Cour ») is also sending a cheque for 300 francs in payment for their presentation of the cinematograph to the King of Serbia.
« In the capital city of the Kingdom of Serbia, Belgrade, the Lumière cinematograph was shown to the public on 25 May 1896 (Julian calendar)/ 6 June 1896 (Gregorian calendar) at the coffeehouse Zlatni Krst on Terazije, the city’s central boulevard and a very popular and well-frequented social space. […] The screenings were organized by the [Lumière brothers] representatives André Carré (photographer), Jules Girin (mechanic), and A. Velhore (salesman) from Lyon. ‘Due to great public demand’ the organizers increased the shows and prolonged their stay to 25 days, so that other visitors who were in Belgrade for the occasion of the Montenegrin king Nikola’s visit, would have the opportunity to see the films. André Carré (1869–1939) was a merchant from Lyon, who travelled to Serbia, Croatia, and Romania on several occasions as the Lumière brothers’ representative in 1896 and 1897, showing moving pictures on the Cinematograph. He filmed first views of events and important sights of Belgrade in 1897, which were screened at the time, but have not been preserved. » (Ana Grgić, Early Cinema, Modernity and Visual Culture, Amsterdam University Press, 2022, pp. 86-87).

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