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The Birth of the Sixth Art (French: « la Naissance d'un sixième art - Essai sur le cinématographe ») is an essay by Ricciotto Canudo first published on October 25, 1911.

The Birth of the Sixth Art is generally cited as the founding text to defend cinema as an art form. It was in fact preceded by Trionfo del Cinematografo published in Nuovo giornale in Florence, November 25 1908).

The essay was published on October 25, the next day, October 26, Canudo gave a lecture at l'Ecole des hautes études to present L'Inferno, an adaptation of Dante's Divine Comedy by Italian film director Giuseppe de Liguoro.

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