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The Delights of Automobiling (1900)
"Explosion of a Motor Car" (original title)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  July 1902 (USA)
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This is altogether a remarkable picture and of very fine photographic value. It shows a picturesque country road, down which comes a two-seated automobile carrying four people. As the ... See full summary »

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This is altogether a remarkable picture and of very fine photographic value. It shows a picturesque country road, down which comes a two-seated automobile carrying four people. As the machine approaches a position directly in front and near the camera it explodes in a tremendous cloud of smoke. A policeman standing near by rushes to the scene of the disaster and in great amazement looks to the sky where the people have been blown. As he looks the shattered remains fall to earth; first an arm, then a leg, etc., until the road is covered with fragments. The policeman gathers them all together and puts down memoranda in his note book and then goes and reports the disaster. The scene is so well done that it is startling in the extreme and at the same time very humorous. Written by Selig Catalog

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The first gore film?
22 October 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a case of where the title is also the plot description. Cecil Hepworth borrows a technique from George Melies for this short comedy (?) showing the instability of the modern motorcar. A couple is out for a drive in their car when it suddenly blows up! The explosion is accomplished by a jumpcut where the car disappears and then a cloud of white smoke and a pile of debris takes its place. A policeman who was strolling by looks upward and has to dodge a rain of severed body parts! Remembering his duty, the constable tries to sort out of grim offal, placing the female limbs in one pile and the male limbs in another. Interestingly the heads never make it back to Earth. You have to laugh at this one, you cannot dwell on how grim the subject matter is. Take it as a comic blackout skit and it is quite funny.


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