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The Delights of Automobiling (1900)

Explosion of a Motor Car (original title)
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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Shocking!
1 March 2002 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

Gruesome early example of what can only be described as black humor. A car explodes causing a grizzly precipitation of body parts onto a passing policeman. Only one scene and one camera angle but an interesting early experimentation with camera effects and an attempt to set the scene with the use of extras crossing the road in front of the car before it explodes. The ending, as the policeman sorts through the body parts, has a surreal, pythonesque feel about it.


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