Centro de la Fotografía y la Imagen Histórica de Guadalajara

Cinematograph's Eve

Exactly one month before the inaugural cinema session in Guadalajara, the columnist Miraul commented in La Crónica this new technical wonder (this is the oldest reference to cinema in the local press) and intentionally or not he prepared the society for the event, although it is probable that some citizens had already seen some films in Madrid. As usually in those times, the journalist considered the physiological phenomenon of retinal persistence as the cause of perception of apparent movement. Today we know that that idea was wrong. Moreover, he made mistakes writing some names (Edisson, Marcey, Auschutz, instead Edison, Marey and Anschütz) and gave the name Finaquimetóscopo to Plateau’s Phenakistoscope to which Edison had no relationship. The announced continuation of the article was never published.