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A Jazz Etude

1930

A Jazz Etude

A Jazz Etude - Serendipitously Surreal

In this serendipitously surreal short “A Jazz Etude,” tap dance extraordinaire Billy Burt dances up a storm in top hat, tuxedo tail and cane. Is he floating? And that screwy soundtrack … a mishmash of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee,’ ragtime fills, and 1930’s jazz cliches, is remeniscent of Carl Stalling or Raymond Scott. Still, I […]

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Trailer: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

1952

Trailer: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

Trailer: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla - 1952

“These films are going to be made regardless of who directs them. There’s a market for them and the studios are going to continue to make them. I’ve been doing this long enough, I think I can make them as good or better than anyone else.” – Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla Director William […]

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Hemp For Victory

1940's

Hemp For Victory

Hemp For Victory - 1942

Hemp for Victory, produced by the US government in 1942, made a case for increasing the domestic cultivation of Cannabis sativa. As WWII ratcheted up and the Japanese controlled the hemp powerhouse of Southeast Asia, a vital resource for the war effort, the filmmakers advocate US farmers focus on the “devil’s weed” as a cash […]

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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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Newport Cigarette Commercial

1960's

Newport Cigarette Commercial

Newport Cigarette Commercial - 1960's

If you miss the bus, don’t fret. A happy Newport cigarette billboard is bound to entertain you. And don’t forget, menthol lovers, ‘Newport tastes fresher, tastes better, too.’ Is it illegal to run a cigarette ad here?  

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Hamburg Red Light District

1960's

Hamburg Red Light District

Hamburg Red Light District - 1960's

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. It is in the legendary Rathskellers of […]

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The Terrible Truth

1950's

The Terrible Truth

The Terrible Truth - 1950's

In this Cold War era anti-drug film, the point is, if you smoke marijuana, you are destined to become a heroin addict, just like Phylis. Sticking to the principals of red-scare tactics, a Harry Truman-like, hard-nosed narrator leads us through a cautionary tale, where once you start, you are forever a member, just like the […]

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Society of the Spectacle

1970's

Society of the Spectacle

Society of the Spectacle - 1973

“In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into a representation.” “The images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream in which the unity of that life can no longer be recovered. Fragmented views of […]

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