1900: Color and Sound

Cyrano de Bergerac
R: Clément Maurice. B: Edmond Rostand (play). D: Benoit Constant Coquelin. P: Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre. Fr 1900
Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre sound-on-cylinder sound system. / Soundtrack was presented on Lioretographe sound cylinders. The film was distributed in France after 1907 by Urban Eclipse.
Silent Era

“This film is generally believed to be the first ever film produced with both color and sound. (…) Despite popular belief that the first sound film was The Jazz Singer, there were many earlier experiments using sound and moving pictures. However, like Cyrano, they used a separate recording which created lots of problems. The most serious was actually synchronizing the sound and movement. The second was that the recording tended to wear out after just a few viewings. (…) Exhibited as part of a program of synchronized sound films at the Paris Exhibition of 1900.”