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An Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903)

A man and a woman talk beside a street near a corner where a cop stands. Just as a horse-drawn cart rounds the corner, the man backs off the sidewalk saying good-by to his companion. The ... See full summary »
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A man and a woman talk beside a street near a corner where a cop stands. Just as a horse-drawn cart rounds the corner, the man backs off the sidewalk saying good-by to his companion. The horse and cart flatten him and continue on, out of the camera's stationary range. The cop runs after the cab, the woman dashes to the body. The cop brings back the driver; is the victim dead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Clever mix of effects, drama and comedy
19 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I watched this film on a DVD that was rammed with short films from the period. I didn't watch all of them as the main problem with these type of things that their value is more in their historical novelty value rather than entertainment. So to watch them you do need to be put in the correct context so that you can keep this in mind and not watch it with modern eyes. With the Primitives & Pioneers DVD collection though you get nothing to help you out, literally the films are played one after the other (the main menu option is "play all") for several hours. With this it is hard to understand their relevance and as an educational tool it falls down as it leaves the viewer to fend for themselves, which I'm sure is fine for some viewers but certainly not the majority. What it means is that the DVD saves you searching the web for the films individually by putting them all in one place – but that's about it.

Robert Paul continues to develop the media within Britain here with this action film that uses stop-motion animation of a sort. To modern viewers this film will not be anything new or impressive but imagine it 100 years ago and remember that this is a time only a few years after scenes of trains moving on the screen caused panic! Technology always looks dated and so it is with this film, but that does not take away from its importance or its impact at the time. Heck, look at Jurassic Park – looks dated even 10 years later as the media moves past it but that doesn't mean it isn't a good film or important at the time.

So it is here as the film has horrific convincing action and a "death" that must have had the audience on the edge of its seat only to provide the relief in a comic aside right at the end. It is a clever combination and is a good example of special effects coming into the media.


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