Lumière brothers' Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat has been upscaled into stunning fan-made 4K
It's the stuff of legend that when the Lumière brothers The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station was first shown back in 1896 audiences would flee to the back of the room in terror at the sight of train heading towards them on-screen. 124 years later, YouTuber Denis Shiryaev has transformed the short into 4K, almost making it look like a modern day film shot digitally.
Shiryaev used a commercial image-editing software called Gigapixel AI that enables users to improve images by as much as 600%. The end result shows the Lumière Brothers' film in 4K at 60 frames per second, while also including sound.
Below we have put the higher grade version of the Lumière's film that Shiryaev used to upscale the quality, as it wasn't possible to produce the same results from the original. Of course, the new version loses the sparkle and grain that makes old film stock look so magical, but for a minute it brings us closer to what real life looked like in 1895 than we've possibly ever seen before.