Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze  (1894)

5.7 / 10

A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.

Country United States

Genre Documentary, Short

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  • Country: United States
  • Runtime: 1min
  • 09 Jan 1894 (United States)

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A man (Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

Keywords: sneeze, snuff powder, sneezing, kinetoscope

Genres: Documentary, Short

Cast

William K.L. Dickson William K.L. Dickson
William K.L. Dickson William K.L. Dickson
William Heise William Heise
Fred Ott Fred Ott SneezingMan

Critics

(Review originally written at 20 October 2007)
This film was purely made for publicity purposes, as a series of still photographs to accompany an article in Harper's weekly, so it wasn't even supposed to be even ever shown as a motion-picture in the first place. It must have been a real blast for Edison and Co. to make this movie and I'm sure it good a good laugh out of people at the time.
To me the sneeze itself really didn't seemed real, also because of the reason that of course in those days they couldn't shoot for several minutes straight, in order to wait for Fred Ott to finally sneez...

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Author: Frank Veenstra

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Languages: None

Release Date: 09 Jan 1894 (United States) See more

Also Known As: HU See more

Filming Locations: Edison Laboratories, West Orange, New Jersey, USA See more