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12 January 1903 (USA) See more »
The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Topsy ... Herself

Produced by
Thomas A. Edison .... producer
Cinematography by
Edwin S. Porter 
Jacob Blair Smith 

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Also Known As:
"Electrocution of an Elephant" - USA (informal alternative title)
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USA:1 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This may have been the first death ever captured on film.See more »
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A must-see for sadists and Edison groupies, 11 June 2000
Author: anonymous-11 from Canada

I first heard of this film short in a horror movie textbook--and it was quite an appropriate place for it. This film is not likely to be exhibited to tourists at the Edison museum anytime soon. It documents a side of Edison that suggests that even the greatest of inventors can have sociopathic personality traits on par with a vivisector or serial killer. Another user seemed to be attempting to put the atrocity in context--but if the information was correct, that the elephant was abused by trainers-it only serves to compound the injustice here. This ranks with "Night and Fog" and the Ian Holm narrated "Animals at War" as one of the most shameful documents of human depravity recorded on film.

Dont feel bad if you cant find it at Blockbuster's.

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