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Art in Italy

1950's

Art in Italy

Newsreel: Art in Italy - 1953

This newsreel is an overview at art in Italy in 1953, specifically at an exhibition in Milan, showing great works of art scaled to fit to  postage stamps by Carrado Mezana. The crowded event displaying the detail and craftsmanship of Mezzana even draws the president of Italy, Luigi Einaudi. Stamps include portrayals of Galileo, Saint Catherine […]

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Who Are The People of America?

1950's

Who Are The People of America?

Who Are The People of America? - 1953

Who Are the People of America? is a relatively egalitarian look at America, a country of different races, religions and ethnicities, in the country, in towns and in cities. The diversity of the US is seen through the conventional wisdom of the 1950’s, where conquistadors like Christopher Columbus, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and Sir Walter […]

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Flagellants of Nocera Terinese

1960's

Flagellants of Nocera Terinese

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 […]

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VW Bug: Design

1960's

VW Bug: Design

VW Bug: Design - 1967

It’s 1967. A classic Volkswagen Bug cruises the streets of Milan, Italy.  It parks, and two smartly dressed business men get out. The narrator begins, “Some time ago, the Volkswagen people went to see one of Italy’s most famous automobile designers.” As if it were a moment lifted from a Federico Fellini film, a stylish […]

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