A Baby’s Meal (1895)
Like “Fishing for Goldfish,” this is another home-movie of the Lumière family relaxing at home. It was also shown at the first screening of Lumière movies in December 1895. Here, we see Auguste Lumière with his wife and child, Andrée. Once again, the baby is the center of attention, as Auguste feeds her from a spoon, then hands her a cracker. Just as she starts to put the cracker in her mouth, she looks up at the camera, and seems to offer it to the audience. No doubt this unexpected action gave the movie a greater emotional impact for those first viewers. For us, the fascination is seeing a child that would be well over 100 years old today. Unfortunately, Andrée was a victim of the influenza epidemic at the end of the First World War, surviving only to the age of 23.
Alternate Titles: Baby’s Dinner, Feeding the Baby, Le Repas de Bébé
Director & Camera: Louis Lumière
Starring Auguste Lumière, Andrée Lumière
Run Time: 35 seconds
You can watch it for free: here.