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A Photographic Contortion (1901)

The Big Swallow (original title)
A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Director:

James Williamson

Star:

Sam Dalton
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Annoyed by the freelance cameraman's persistent attempts to film him, an irritated camera-shy man decides to take matters into his own hands. Steadily and without delay, the man moves closer and closer towards the camera until his colossal and out-of-proportion mouth devours both the unsuspecting photographer and his equipment whole. Undoubtedly, that should teach him a lesson. Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

UK

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September 1902 (USA) See more »

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Director James Williamson's 1901 catalog describes the film thusly: "I won't! I won't! I'll eat the camera first." See more »

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Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

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A cute idea for a short film
15 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a pretty clever little film made during the very early days of motion pictures. A guy is being filmed and he doesn't seem to like it. So, as the camera approaches, he opens his mouth and seems to swallow the camera,...followed by the entire camera crew as well! The film certainly deserves credit for being different and amusing! While the special effect isn't exactly perfect by today's standards, for the time it was pretty amazing stuff. And, unlike many of the films of the era, this one is still pretty entertaining if viewed today. This film would probably be of most interest to kids and film historians. Adults, however, probably will think it's all pretty silly--and that's exactly why I like it.


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