Reynaud, Charles-Émile

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Reynaud, Charles-Émile Gender: M
born on 8 December 1844 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Montreuil, France, 48n52, 2e26
Timezone LMT m2e26 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 16°19' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 23°39 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 25°52'

Charles-Émile Reynaud


French science teacher and inventor, responsible for the first projected animated cartoons. Reynaud created the Praxinoscope in 1877 and the Théâtre Optique in December 1888, and on 28 October 1892 he projected the first animated film in public, Pauvre Pierrot, at the Musée Grévin in Paris. This is also notable as the first known instance of film perforations being used.

Reynaud's late years were tragic after 1910 when, his creations outmoded by the Cinematograph, dejected and penniless, he threw the greater part of his irreplaceable work and unique equipment into the Seine. The public had forgotten his "Théâtre Optique" shows, which had been a celebrated attraction at the Musée Grevin between 1892 and 1900. He died on 9 January 1918 in a hospice on the banks of the Seine where he had been cared for since 29 March 1917.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate quoted in Michaël Mandl's CINÉMA MUET (Silent Film) collection.


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Science)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Created the Praxinoscope)