The Weird World of Eadweard Muybridge

A fantastic documentary on one of the key people in the history of cinema. A portrait of the pioneer photographer, forefather of cinema, showman, murderer—Eadweard Muybridge was a Victorian enigma. He was born and died in Kingston upon Thames, but did his most famous work in California—freezing time and starting it up again, so that for the first time people could see how a racing horse’s legs moved. He went on to animate the movements of naked ladies, wrestlers, athletes, elephants, cockatoos and his own naked body, projecting his images publicly with a machine he invented and astounding audiences worldwide with the first flickerings of cinema. Alan Yentob follows in Muybridge’s footsteps as he makes—and often changes—his name, and sets off to kill his young wife’s lover. With Andy Serkis as Muybridge.

This excerpt from Gary Leva’s feature documentary Fog City Mavericks tells the story of San Francisco artist Eadweard Muybridge, who invented motion pictures.

‘Eadweard Muybridge: The Stanford Years 1872–82’ (1972). Catalogue for the exhibition held at Stanford University Museum of Art in 1972. Edited by Anita Ventura Mozley. Publisher Department of Art, Stanford University, 1972. 136 pages via Archive.orgDownload.

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