Somewhat forgotten French artist Louis Le Prince may not be a household name nowadays, but his contribution to world culture is undeniably massive: he is thought to be the first person to have captured a moving picture on film, and is thus known in film history circles as “The Father of Cinematography.” This would obviously be enough to cement his legacy all by itself, but the man seems better known today for his mysterious disappearance after boarding a train for Paris in 1890, a vanishing act that is still unsolved more than a century later. The reasons for his disappearance range from suicide to fratricide to an assassination attempt by someone paid by none other than Thomas Edison, as Edison did indeed patent a moving picture camera of his own, claiming to have invented it, not long after Le Prince went missing. Rewind the projector to the earliest days of moviemaking and double-dealing on this eerie installment of 13 O’Clock.
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