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  1. 5minutes
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    The Lost World’s special effects were, for the time, groundbreaking. However, it was, by far, not the first film to feature special effects. It did feature heavy use of stop-motion effects, but it was not the first. The earliest special effects were in an 1896 short that featured the beheading of Mary Queen of the Scots, where the stop effect was used to make people believe the actress had been beheaded. A few years later, in 1902, using techniques he’d learned in his earlier shorts, George Melies released Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) featured flying spaceships and camera trickery to give people a feel of Verne’s novel. A video of that film can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JDaOOw0MEE

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  2. zev
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    in the Midnight Cowboy post, you state ” original MPAA ratings- G, PG, R and X” is incorrect. The original ratings were G, M (for Mature), R and X. I really don’t agree with the change from M to PG, since it’s meaningless, nor does the G rating accomplish anything except for filmmakers inserting a few curse words into the film to avoid the dreaded G rating, a classic example of this is “ET” where they call him a nasty word about ET”s head

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