How It Feels to Be Run Over

Cecil Hepworth | 1900 | ★★★★½
Ground-breaking, suspenseful, and formally elegant, Hepworth’s short is a blackly comic gem. In it, a horse-drawn carriage slowly approaches from the distance, but passes by on the right-hand side. However, it is followed by a motor car travelling much more quickly, which proceeds to drive straight in to the camera, introducing us to the titular feeling in the process.