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Flagellants of Nocera Terinese - 1960's

Every seven years in the town of Nocera Terinese, Italy, a mysterious rite hundreds of years old still takes place to this day.

On Good Friday, Flagellants from the surrounding villages perform the ritual of the battenti.

In this tradition, the participants embed shards of glass in pieces of cork, then forcefully drive the makeshift scourges into their bare legs. Bleeding, they jog the route of the Easter procession, enduring the pain and suffering of religious sacrifice in the name of spiritual cleansing.

TV & Ads: Hertz ... Driver's Seat - 1960's

Hertz ... Driver's Seat - 1960's

California the Golden - 1930

If you were taking a sea cruise from the Eastern Seaboard to the West Coast via the Panama Canal, this might be the film you'd see before disembarking in San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

An exquisite travel film documenting the magnificent landscape and locales of pre-WWII California, this film showcases classic old school California, from the Spanish-styled haciendas overlooking the swelling Pacific to the vast interior of bountiful valleys and awesome peaks.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you California of the early 1930's.

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Israel: Labor of Thy Hands - 1950's

In this vintage promotional film produced by the Jewish women's group Hadassah, viewers are reminded of the need to develop a skilled workforce in the young state of Israel.

Interesting footage of early kibbutzim and Israeli industry are highlighted in this film, with a stress on modernizing the economy and culture, the stress is on becoming an equal in a technologically advancing world.

Eastern Euro Modernity - 1970's

To the tune of Mozart's A Little Night Music, we take a tour through the height of modernity in early 1970's Central Europe.

This observational documentary about electricity and technology is quite artfully shot for an industrial film. A look at how modern Prague appeared in the early 1970's.

Hamburg Red Light District, Rathskellers - 1950's

With the coming of Oktoberfest, (and in response to the above mentioned film As We Like It), let us reminisce of beer celebrations held nightly during the 1950's and '60's in the Teutonic hamlet of Hamburg.

A phenomena that grew from a chronically disaffected population of post-war Germany, you may never see so many irretrievably plastered people in one place at one time ever again.

Iran - 1953

A fascinating look at the nation of Iran before the 1979 revolution. This film is not merely a survey of Persian history, but examines a civilization undergoing a transition into 20th century modernity.

Although made nearly sixty years ago, this short film portends the inevitable tension the Iran would be the center of due to its natural resources and geographical location.

Hertz Commercial with OJ Simpson & Friends - 1984

Here is a ad for Hertz I found on a old VHS. It features O.J. and Arnold Palmer with cameos by Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith living large on their Miller Lite "less filling, tastes great" fame. I wanted to doctor the commercial but it is pretty hilarious on its own. O.J. gets a little irate.

Simpson's amiable persona and natural charisma landed him numerous endorsement deals. He was a spokesman for the Hertz rental car company. He would be depicted running through airports, as if to suggest he was back on the football field.

Flagellants of Nocera Terinese - 1960's

Every seven years in the town of Guardia Sanframondi in Calabria, Italy, a mysterious rite hundreds of years old still takes place to this day.

On Good Friday, Flagellants from the surrounding villages perform the ritual of the battenti.

In this tradition, the participants embed shards of glass in pieces of cork, then forcefully drive the makeshift scourges into their bare legs. Bleeding, they jog the route of the Easter procession, enduring the pain and suffering of religious sacrifice in the name of spiritual cleansing.

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