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How It Feels to Be Run Over (1900)

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


Cecil M. Hepworth




Credited cast:
May Clark ... Passenger
Cecil M. Hepworth ... Driver


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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Still interesting to see how it is structured to achieve its aim and then hits it well
21 April 2007 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

OK so the title more or less gives away the entire "plot" of this very short short film but it is still quite interesting. The point obviously is to try and amaze the audience and draw a reaction by having a car rushing towards the viewer in the hope that audiences still dealing with this new technology will instinctively panic somewhat. Watching it now of course I didn't react this way but you can imagine how it once did (even today we do it in the cinemas – it now just means it has to move faster and have effects that make it a lot realer.

However the film is nicely done because the cart going by first makes us assume safety before the car is seen approaching and the music lifts to become more dramatic. Of course it also plays on the fear of that other "new" piece of technology – the motor car, so the combination of these factors would have got a good reaction I would guess. Nothing really to it now but it is still interesting to see how it is structured to achieve its aim and then hits it well.

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July 1900 (UK) See more »

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Milyen érzés, ha elgázolják az embert See more »

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