Felix Meghis ( Fr. Félix Mesguich ; September 16, 1871 , Algeria - April 25, 1949 , Paris ) - French cameraman, one of the first film reporters.
|fr Felix Mesguich|
|Date of Birth||September 16, 1871|
|Place of Birth||Algeria city|
|Date of death||April 25, 1949 (77 years)|
|Place of death||Paris ( France )|
|Profession||cameraman , journalist|
|Direction||documentary , advertising|
He served in the military unit Zouav . At the beginning of 1896, he was hired by Perrigo, an assistant to the Lumiere brothers , for filming in Lyon . In the second half of 1896, he was a member of a group of Lumière employees sent to the United States to promote cinema. After the Lumières mission, which initially had a great success, began to face fierce competition, Megis returned to France through Canada, removing Niagara Falls along the road, and in 1897 went to Russia.
Arriving in Odessa on November 13, Megish soon reached Yalta , where he showed the films of Lumière to Nicholas II , and through Moscow and possibly Nizhny Novgorod arrived in St. Petersburg , where he shot the famous courtesan Karolina Otero dancing Valse Brillante . The demonstration of the film on the dance floor of the St. Petersburg Aquarium Theater caused a scandal from an officer who danced with Otero, who saw this as equating him to music hall dancers and insulting the officer's honor, and Megish was expelled from Russia.
In the autumn of 1898, Megisch returned to Paris and spent some time filming the first commercials in the history of cinema (for the Ripolin paint company and for the company that operates sleeping cars). In 1900, Megisch went on a tour of France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, showing Clement-Maurice films with Sara Bernard everywhere. Later Megish finally switched to reportage filming. In 1901, filmed the funeral of Queen Victoria , the following year - the coronation of her son Edward VII . In 1905, Megish again found himself in Russia - at the beginning of the revolutionary events . In 1906, Megisch filmed the unofficial Summer Olympics in Athens. In 1908 , it is claimed [by whom? ] , Megish made the world's first shooting from the plane, rising into the air on a Wilber Wright airplane. In 1909 - 1910, he made a world tour, which included India , the countries of Indochina , China and Japan .
- Tours de manivelle. - P .: Grasset, 1933.
- Felix Megish in the “Who's Who in the Cinema of the Victorian Era” (Eng.)
- Abdenour Zahzah. Pionnier du cinéma. Félix Mesguich // El Vatan (Algeria), September 13, 2007. (Fr.)