Since the eighteenth century…
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Since the eighteenth century, fêtes foraines (traveling street fairs) had crisscrossed France and made their way to Paris, often appearing in working-class neighborhoods. Artist Louis Hayet, who lived an itinerant life himself, was drawn to these attractions along with audiences across the class spectrum. Festively illuminated at night, the fairs featured a host of entertainments: circus acts, pantomime shows, tableaux vivants (living pictures), magic-lantern shows, anatomical and wax museums, and, after 1895, films.