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The Delights of Automobiling (1900)

Explosion of a Motor Car (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | July 1902 (USA)
As two couples enjoy their evening promenade in a nice but rickety open motor car, without notice, an explosion blows the vehicle to smithereens.

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Cecil M. Hepworth
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Credited cast:
Cecil M. Hepworth ... Driver
Henry Lawley Henry Lawley ... Passenger
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On a quiet and bright evening, two couples enjoy their promenade in a nice but rickety open motor car. As they drive along the straight and dusty road, without notice, an explosion blows the vehicle to smithereens, while parts rain down a policeman nearby. In the end, all that's left is a grim heap of debris. Written by Nick Riganas

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promenade | car | vehicle | friend | woman | See All (16) »

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

UK

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July 1902 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Delights of Automobiling See more »

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Silent
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The First Body Count Film?
5 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Explosion of a Motor Car (1900)

**** (out of 4)

If you're a fan of these early films then you know that the majority of them are rather safe all around. That's certainly not the case for this Edison film that has the camera set up at the end of the road when we notice a car driving towards it. Once the car is close to the frame it blows up killing people people in it. We then see their clothing and body parts fall to the ground as a policeman watches.

EXPLOSION OF A MOTOR CAR is a pretty wacky early film that would even keep modern viewers entertained. There's really nothing overly special here, meaning that this film certainly didn't change movie history but at the same time it's rather violence and silly at the same time. It's certainly worth watching at least once and the laughs you get will probably have you going for a repeat viewing.


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