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The Big Swallow (1901)

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The Big Swallow (1901)

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(AKA: A Photographic Contortion)

From IMDB:

"A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins."

although I have to say I prefer the far simpler Wikipedia description, translated from the French:  

« Un homme, irrité par la présence d'un photographe, l'avale. »
"A man, irritated by the presence of a photographer, swallows him. "

Directed by James Williamson, according to Michael Brooke via BFI Screen Online, 

"The Big Swallow is... one of the most important early British films in that it was one of the first to deliberately exploit the contrast between the eye of the camera and of the audience watching the final film."