Cecil Hepworth 's ' The Eighty Second Long Silent Film ' And ' Cinema Of Attractions '

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Cecil Hepworth 's 1900, How It Feels to Be Run Over, is the epitome of the first movement in film history, known as the ‘Cinema of Attractions’. The forty-second long silent film is one of many early films that emerged during the first decade following cinema 's birth, which came after the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular film, which depicts exactly what it 's title insinuates, is a single shot pointing down a paved road in which a coach drives past, promptly followed by a motor car which sways uncontrollably before heading directly towards the camera. At the moment of impact, the screen becomes black, immediately flashing the words "Oh! Mother will be pleased". It 's simplicity and deceptive futility would make little impression on the modern audience, but in a time where moving pictures were the newest technology, such films were the demand. The spectacle of seeing images come to life for the first time and the novelty of a whole new art form and source of entertainment, motivated the making of these cinema of attraction films. They follow basic stylistic qualities: a single stationary shot with minimal to no editing, silent, short in length, and most significantly, a priority of illusion over narrative. Many of these conventions took form in actualities, topicals, or fictional films, all with the goal of exploiting and experimenting with this revolutionary technology. Although How It Feels to Be Run Over wasn 't exactly a…

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