La Ciotat Travel Guide
La Ciotat, La Ciutat in Occitan and Provençal, has a legacy tied to motion pictures. Here, in 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumière filmed the world's first motion picture, L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat – "The Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat Station" – a 50-second film that was publicly shown at theaters in Paris and other French cities to a rapt audience. Other Lumière films followed that same year, among them Partie de cartes, l'Arroseur arrosé, and Repas de bébé; and in 1904 the Lumière Brothers went on to develop the world's very first color photographs here as well. A few years later, in 1907, Jules Le Noir invented pétanque, a game fairly similar to boules, in La Ciotat. The city of La Ciotat, in any case, though at least as old as Marseille, is now largely industrial and modern, and reached at the end of a hair-raising 9.3-mile (15-km) road that traverses over Cap Canaille from Cassis.
La Ciotat is situated just east of Marseille, roughly equidistant from Marseille and Toulon, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in Provence in the south of France. It is at one end of the Corniche des Crêtes.
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