Both the scenes filmed by the Lumieres depicted a tremendous and visible imposition of abstract order onto time and space. The train arrives at a given time, just as the time table says it should, enabled by the network of tracks across the country. Passengers wait until the train has slowed before opening the doors, while those waiting hang back to allow them off. Our bodies adjust to the rhythm and demands of the machine. In the factory scene, the symbolic swinging open of the gates at the end of the day, followed by an order procession of calm workers streaming home, was nothing less than a visual representation of the triumph of work-discipline.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The World on Screen.” How to See the World. London: Penguin, 2015. 131-61. Print.
Initially, the Lumiere brothers used cinema to present the mechanical order of the world imposed by the industrial revolution. (Mirzoeff, 2015)