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Incendio

1970's

Incendio

Incendio - 1974

A brutal documentary account detailing the infamous Sao Paolo high rise fire of February 1, 1974. With a strange 1970’s era electronic music soundtrack, shocking photo-journalistic footage, iconic animation, and a deadpan narration, the film deconstructs the deadly conflagration and what went wrong.  

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Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest

1930's

Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest

Newsreel: Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest - 1933

A newsreel marking the protest over the Griffith Park fire disaster of 1933, where 29 workers were killed while widening roads in Los Angeles. The fire was one of the worst in the city’s history at that time.

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News Sketches by Max Fleischer

1940's

News Sketches by Max Fleischer

News Sketches by Max Fleischer - 1944

“News Sketches by Max Fleischer” is a short cartoon created by famed animator Max Fleischer with an irreverent take on bizarre stories “drawn from the wires of the Associated Press.” As the news ticker types away, Fleischer literally illustrates the stories with pen and ink before our very eyes. Using a combination of stop motion […]

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Dr. Heard’s Fire Magic

1950's

Dr. Heard’s Fire Magic

Newsreel: Dr. Heard's Fire Magic - 1953

The story of fire told through magic – Fire Magic – that’s entertaining and educational, too. The magician is Dr. Llewellyn Heard who likes to play with fire. A research chemist, he studies oil processes and products. Some of the products, this rubbery grease for instance are most unusual. But the principle subject of his […]

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A History of SF & Oakland Streetcars

1940's

A History of SF & Oakland Streetcars

A History of SF & Oakland Streetcars - 1945

1945’s March of Progress, produced by the Key System, a privately owned streetcar system owned by business magnate Francis “Borax” Smith, lays out a selective albeit fascinating historical view of a growing California. Take a trip from the early years of Spanish missions and Gold Rush boomtowns to the modern era, where cities like San Francisco […]

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Navajo Canyon Country

1950's

Navajo Canyon Country

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Produced in 1954, Navajo Canyon Country takes both a historical and anthropological look in examining the traditional lifestyle of the Navajo community. The film visits contemporary, working homes inhabited by this Southwestern tribe of the US. Not far from the modern world of skyscrapers and motorways, the canyons of northern Arizona and New Mexico, is […]

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Magic In The Air

1950's

Magic In The Air

Magic In The Air - 1950's

Magic in the Air, produced in the 1950’s, takes a deeper look at the process of television transmission including the technique and technology that still informs broadcasting in the 21st century. As the sold out, big game is about to begin, you think to yourself, “If I only had a ticket.” Thanks to the miracle […]

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Aqua Frolics

1940's

Aqua Frolics

Aqua Frolics - 1940's

  Before SeaWorld and Marineland, the carneys of Wakulla Springs, Florida began training unsuspecting marine life to perform impressive tricks before a paying audience. Take Aqua Frolics, for instance, a short entertaining review of the growing popularity of water sports from the 1940’s. And could you blame the captive seals and dolphins for gladly tolerating […]

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