A man (Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. Written by
Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>
One contemporary account of this two-second film (which was viewed not on a screen but as a film loop in a single-person viewing device) says that it was accompanied by a phonograph recording of a sneeze. See more »
Certainly there have been other notable cinematic sneezes in the past century, some more comedic, some more dramatic, but for the sheer intense SINCERITY of a sneeze, Fred Ott must be regarded as the champion -- no special effects, no stunt double, no computer graphics -- Fred Ott sneezed all by himself under Dickson's superb direction. And he did it for a lot less than twenty million dollars! It's high time that Fred Ott be given the recognition which his performance as "The Sneezing Man" deserves. A.M.P.A.S. should erect a statue to him in front of the new Academy Theater on Hollywood B
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