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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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Fred Ott
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Fred Ott ... Sneezing Man
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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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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

9 January 1894 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film was never meant to be shown as a film. It was shot to serve as a chromo-photographic record of a sneeze for an article in Harper's Weekly. See more »

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Featured in Murdoch Mysteries: Body Double (2008) See more »

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a tongue-in-cheek reaction to a short
19 January 2001 | by stuff_1004See all my reviews

I have seen this film numerous times in documentaries about the history of the silent film. I have always loved the history of the silent film and this is undoubtedly the seed from which some of the great comedies of our time have been based. I feel sneezing (nowadays) has become an overdone gimmick in comedies and this film started it even though I laughed at it. My final word on this film is this, IT BLEW ME AWAY!!! (HA HA)


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