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AQ 1C: Who has the best claim to be the “inventor” of motion pictures? Why? Of all the many and varied inventors who potentially have a claim to the invention of motion pictures, it is George Méliès who has the best claim to this title. There are many different factors which contribute to this being the case. His development of techniques is a main reason why there is a strong case for Méliès. But most notably it is his attitude towards the development of film that makes him the single best candidate for being the “inventor” of motion pictures. Before Méliès, film was strictly a novelty. People enjoyed it for a short period of time for various reasons. Thomas Edison even figured out how to turn motion pictures into something profitable, not just a hobby. But it wasn’t until Méliès that the film industry had a purpose. It wasn’t until Méliès that the modern idea of film really existed. Up until he came onto the motion picture scene, inventors were doing just that: inventing. They created technology. They created
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