- Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
- United States (Edison Laboratories,West Orange,New Jersey)
The silent, minute-long Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (USA, 1895), shot at the Edison Laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey, USA, was the first piece of film footage to use stop-action, giving the impression of a beheading. So compelling was the scene that some viewers at the time believed an actress had given her life to film it! Film is also known as The Execution of Mary Stuart .