How It Feels to Be Run Over

How It Feels to Be Run Over is a one-minute British silent film, made in 1900, and directed by Cecil M. Hepworth. As in other instances of the very earliest films, the film presents the audience with the images of a shocking experience, without further narrative exposition.[1]

How It Feels to Be Run Over
Directed byCecil M. Hepworth
Produced byCecil M. Hepworth
StarringMay Clark
Cecil M. Hepworth
CinematographyCecil M. Hepworth
Edited byCecil M. Hepworth
Release date
July 1900
Running time
1 minute
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent Film

Plot summary

A coach is coming, and moves out of the frame at one side of the field of view. Soon after, an approaching car veers off course and moves straight to the viewer (the camera). As it approaches, the occupants wave frantically, hoping to stave off the impending collision. At the moment the car fills the entire frame the film cuts to title cards that bear the text "Oh, mother will be pleased".[2]


Missing Intertitle

In the original film, the intertite says, "Oh, mother will be pleased". When the footage was found, it was missing the "Mother" intertitle. It just read, "Oh, will be pleased."

See also


  1. "In praise of... the wow factor at the movies" (editorial). The Guardian. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. Sarah Street (2008). British national cinema (2nd ed.). Routledge. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-415-38422-3.

Further reading

  • Tanya Shilina-Conte, "How It Feels: Black Screen as Negative Event in Early Cinema and 9/11 Films." Special Issue on “Film and Phenomenology.” Studia Phaenomenologica 16 (2016): 401-30.
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