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FIGURE 5.1

What the Cameraman Saw

How It Feels to Be Run Over

Cecil Hepworth, Great Britain, 1900

After a horse-drawn cart safely passes by the camera, a car (traveling on the wrong side of the road) proceeds to run directly into it; thus the film’s simple premise and title. Interestingly, this little trick-shot film may be the first movie to contain printed intertitles: as the collision occurs, the screen is filled with a flurry of stars and dashes, followed by the declaration “Oh! Mother will be pleased!” which appears rapidly and one word at time, each punctuated by an exclamation point. Although it’s impossible to be certain, the words may have been scratched directly onto the celluloid.

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