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September 1902 (USA) See more »
A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
James Williamson 
Cinematography by
James Williamson 

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Also Known As:
"The Big Swallow" - UK (original title)
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Director James Williamson's 1901 catalog describes the film thusly: "I won't! I won't! I'll eat the camera first."See more »


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A cute idea for a short film, 15 September 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a pretty clever little film made during the very early days of motion pictures. A guy is being filmed and he doesn't seem to like it. So, as the camera approaches, he opens his mouth and seems to swallow the camera,...followed by the entire camera crew as well! The film certainly deserves credit for being different and amusing! While the special effect isn't exactly perfect by today's standards, for the time it was pretty amazing stuff. And, unlike many of the films of the era, this one is still pretty entertaining if viewed today. This film would probably be of most interest to kids and film historians. Adults, however, probably will think it's all pretty silly--and that's exactly why I like it.

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