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Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.

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A man (Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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9 January 1894 (USA)  »

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Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, January 7, 1894  »

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First motion picture to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. See more »

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Edited into Women Who Made the Movies (1992) See more »

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Magnificent! Fred Ott deserved his postage stamp.
9 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Certainly there have been other notable cinematic sneezes in the past century, some more comedic, some more dramatic, but for the sheer intense SINCERITY of a sneeze, Fred Ott must be regarded as the champion -- no special effects, no stunt double, no computer graphics -- Fred Ott sneezed all by himself under Dickson's superb direction. And he did it for a lot less than twenty million dollars! It's high time that Fred Ott be given the recognition which his performance as "The Sneezing Man" deserves. A.M.P.A.S. should erect a statue to him in front of the new Academy Theater on Hollywood B


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