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Title Artscape: The First Interview
Published Australia : ABC1, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (27 min. 2 sec.) ; 161647932 bytes
Summary In Paris, August 1886, the world's first media interview occurred when the great photographer Nadar interviewed the famous scientist and sceptic Chevreul on his 100th birthday. The meeting was recorded by Nadar's son Paul as photographer and a stenographer using shorthand. The two men discussed photography, colour theory, Moliere and Pasteur, the scientific method, the crazy ideas of balloonists, and - of course - how to live for 100 years. It was a lively and interesting conversation between two legends of the 19th century: one born before the French revolution; the other destined to see the marvels of the aeroplane and the movies. The photographs and the original words were published in Le Journal illustre (Paris) on September 5, 1886. As a series of unposed portraits it is remarkable; as a photographic and stenographic record of an interesting and sophisticated conversation from 1886 it is unique. Now, with the technology of the 21st century The First Interview comes to life as if a talking movie was filmed in the 19th century. Part two shows just how the impossible was achieved. PRODUCTION DETAILS: Produced by Jungle Pictures in association with ABC TV. Producers: Fiona Cochrane and Dennis Tupicoff; Writer/director: Dennis Tupicoff. ABC TV Head of Arts and Entertainment: Amanda Duthie
Event Broadcast 2012-02-07 at 22:05:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Nadar, Felix, 1820-1910.
Chevreul, M. E. (Michel Eugene), 1786-1889.
Colors -- Analysis.
Shorthand reporting.
Form Streaming video
Author Bell, Nicholas, contributor
Chapellier, Guy, contributor
Flere, Adele, contributor
Robin, Michael, contributor
Tait, David, contributor
Verda, Agnes, contributor