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No, it was not the first There are a couple of reasons for initial suspicion of this claim. Reviews of the episode when it first aired did not comment on the fact that it was the first interracial kiss, nor seem all that bothered by it. References to it being the first didn't show up until many years later. So what was the first? First ever on TV (...


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Where does this metaphor come from? The term "bright" to mean "clever" seems to have originated/evolved in the 18th century.. By the mid 1700s, the term was being said to describe children who were clever or displayed an intelligence remarkable for their age. A hundred years on, the word meant a combination of all these, a meaning akin ...


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I have unashamedly copied a paragraph from this rather comprehensive article covering tinnitus as a movie trope - The Cine-Files - The Tinnitus Trope: Acoustic Trauma In Narrative Film They are discussing silence vs. whistling noise/ringing in ears [tinnitus] ...although Arthur Hiller’s The Out of Towners utilized the effect as early as 1970, ...


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The use of death-traps far pre-dates films and TV series, dating back to novels and theatrical productions. Take the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb [1892]. To quote from a wiki on the subject: The engineer Victor Hatherley is trapped inside a hydraulic press which would crush him to a pulp. Escape method: a woman working for the ...


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I don't know if it was the earliest, but certainly one of the earliest plot twists (and the earliest notable one that I know of) was the ending of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920). The film uses the framing device of a man named Francis sitting on a bench with another man, telling him the story of his encounter with the villainous Dr. Caligari and his ...


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The answer you're looking for is Taken 2, released in 2012. I didn't know about this message but I found the following article illuminating: Fox kicks off campaign to educate consumers on economic impact of film and TV. Fox has begun, with theatrical release of Taken 2, placing end cards on its movies with the message: "The making and legal ...


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The very-first end-credit scene was apparently from The Silencers movie which was released in the year 1966 based on this article The first modern post-credits scene seems to be the tag at the end of The Silencers, a 1966 James Bond spoof starring Dean Martin, according to the site What's After the Credits? The scene in question parodied the familiar James ...


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From Wikipedia: First digital animation in a feature film The first feature film to use digital image processing was the 1973 movie Westworld, a science-fiction film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton, in which humanoid robots live amongst the humans. John Whitney, Jr, and Gary Demos at Information International, Inc. digitally processed ...


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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). This had ramifications and resulted in the Salkind Clause: For their daring, the Salkinds have gone down in legal history: actors' agents and lawyers adopted ...


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It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in both versions, and he was also joined by the original series writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The IT Crowd also suffered a US pilot in which Richard Ayoade ...


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Contentious. Most sources claim Robert Altmans MASH* contained the first 'Fuck' in a major motion picture, it was already the first for other things (first use of sound bridging!) so it's happy to push boundaries. It was actually only the first Hollywood film to do so. That being said, the climax of The Graduate (1967) features a scene in which Ben ...


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How does Daniel in the lions' den sound, for a Biblical example of exactly this trope?


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Happened across this very nifty video series on film analysis, and the creator actually has an entire video devoted to the art of depicting text messages (and computer messages in general) on-screen. His video indicates that the earliest film he could find that depicts on-screen text messaging is All About Lily Chou-Chou, a Japanese film from 2001. A more ...


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Felix the Cat was the first to use the light bulb as a metaphor for a bright idea. In the early twentieth century, Felix the Cat was the world’s favorite animated animal. (...) The anthropomorphic black cat, with his white eyes and a giant grin, was unable to speak because of the limitations of the medium, but Felix’s emotions and thoughts were projected ...


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No. German actor Andreas Wisniewski starred in both franchises (and in Die Hard!). He is best known for his portrayal of Necros in the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights and as Max's henchman in the 1996 blockbuster Mission: Impossible, and as one of Hans Gruber's (Alan Rickman) henchmen, Tony, in the 1988 blockbuster Die Hard. Update: Actress Michelle ...


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Wikipedia lists Inspiration (1915) as the first film with non-pornographic nudity. For films that were intended to be erotic or pornographic, you have to go at least back to 1896 for Le Coucher de la Mariée (or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma), where cabaret performer recreated her striptease act during a bath scene. The short film was ...


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As a starting point, IMDB has a rather marvelous feature called "keywords" where users create tags for possible features of a film then tag films that contain such scenes or elements. It's a fun way to explore questions like this. Sitting on a toilet (126 titles) is indeed such a tag. If we sort that list by date, the earliest "sitting on toilet" film is, ...


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It's indeed most likely this was the first instance of this usage. Plenty of sources support this theory. The term Gay had definitely become a sexualized term by the 17th century to mean "uninhibited by moral constraints" and was then attached to homosexuality by the early 1900s. But it's widely believed this usage had not been seen in a Hollywood ...


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It's important to note the sociological underpinnings of the high school film. From 1900 throughout the 1920s, most Americans lived in small rural communities. They usually only had one school, and by the time children were of high school age, they were usually working on the family farm or apprenticed to a vocation. Thus, there was no "stereotypical" high ...


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I realize I'm ludicrously late for this, but the very first parody film was The Little Train Robbery, made in 1905. It was a parody of The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, which had the same director.


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The OED cites 'guv' and it's variants as entering the language in 1852 via Punch magazine. This is when the word 'guv-ner' was popularized. I originally thought Oliver Twist (1948) was the first movie to use the line " 'ello guv-nor ". However I found an earlier movie Convict 99. Here's a link. The morning governors start at 40:11, they end 40:16.


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The Muppet Movie (1979) was the first movie with a post-credit scene according to this Wiki page which lists all films with post-credit scenes.


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Amos and Andy ran from 1951 - 1953. It is credited as the first black sit-com. It was a spin off of a radio show that started in 1928.


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The show most commonly known as the first reality competition where a contestant is eliminated in each episode is Expedition Robinson, the Swedish predecessor of Survivor, that first aired in 1997. From Wikipedia: Expedition Robinson is a Swedish reality television program in which contestants are put into survival situations, and a voting process ...


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Lady in the Lake (1947) was a film noir shot entirely in the first person POV, with the exception of 2 scenes where the protagonist broke the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Taken from the Raymond Chandler novel of the same name, it was adapted to the screen and directed by Robert Montgomery, who also "starred" as the character Phillip Marlowe....


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Seeing that you're after short ones as well, The Winged Scourge from 1943 (which stars the 7 Dwarves) not only features blood graphically and in close-up, it's practically about it, since it's an educational short about the danger of mosquitos. Here's a still frame from it with a mosquito drinking blood:


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The Fall of a Nation (1916) According to LiveScience: "The Fall of a Nation," released in 1916, is considered the first feature-length movie sequel, according to "The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History" (BL Press, 2006). Directed and co-written by Thomas Dixon, Jr., the silent film is a sequel to director D.W. Griffith's ...


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Perhaps the earliest remake is The Squaw Man: The Squaw Man (1914), followed by The Squaw Man (1918), asserting the first full-length feature remake was in 1918. These films--and even the subsequent The Squaw Man (1931)--were filmed by Cecil B. DeMille. From Wikipedia: The Squaw Man went on to become the only movie successfully filmed three times by ...


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From Wikipedia, excerpt on 3D films: The first 3D feature film was Nat Deverich's 5-reel melodrama Power of Love (US '22), starring Terry O'Neil and Barbara Bedford. It premiered at the Ambassador Hotel Theater, Los Angeles, on September 27, 1922.


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No, there have been several over the years, as detailed by a wikipedia entry on back to back filming. Here's a short list, there are more in the wiki entry. Back to the Future II and III Kill Bill was filmed as one film and later split into two. Superman the movie and Superman II (Earliest on the list, 1978 timeframe) Deathly Hallows I and II were filmed ...


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