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How It Feels to Be Run Over (1900)

Not Rated | | Short | July 1900 (UK)
In one glorious point-of-view shot, a vehicle dashes full-speed into an ill-starred passer-by.

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Cecil M. Hepworth
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Cast

Credited cast:
May Clark ... Passenger
Cecil M. Hepworth Cecil M. Hepworth ... Driver
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On a seemingly safe and dusty rural road frequented by horses and their carriages, a two-seated automobile is moving erratically. And then unexpectedly, in one glorious point-of-view shot, the vehicle dashes full-speed into an ill-starred passer-by, as the film ends with a rather enigmatic punchline: "Oh, mother will be pleased." Without a doubt, the man saw stars. Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1900 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Milyen érzés, ha elgázolják az embert See more »

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Hepworth See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent
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How It Feels To Be Run Over is based on a very simple premise: a car is driven directly at the camera so that it eventually fills the screen, creating the visual impression suggested by the title. See more »

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Featured in Silent Britain (2006) See more »

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A Creative Little Film
6 May 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Some of these earliest features pack a good amount of creativity into a very short running time. There are probably as many signs of genuine imagination in less than a minute of this little film as you could find in two hours of most recent movies. The idea here is simple, but clever, and it is carried out with an unaffected liveliness that makes it work well.

The camera is set up so that it looks down an open road as different conveyances approach, to create an anticipation of what might happen when they get closer. It works well, and it also features what must be one of the very earliest uses of title cards - which themselves are done in an amusing fashion. A lot of pioneering films are worthwhile more for their effort and their intentions than for their content or their entertainment value, but this one does pretty well in both departments.


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