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by U.S. War Department
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Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.
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Topics: Prejudice, Cold War, Racism
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favorite 354
comment 17
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 17 reviews )
Topic: Vintage Erotica
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by Unknown
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eye 41,611
favorite 163
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Scenes from the daily life of a Texas farm family.
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Topics: Amateur films, Agriculture: Farms and farming, Rural America
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by U.S. Office of War Information
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eye 260,636
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U.S. government-produced film defending the World War II internment of Japanese American citizens.
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Topics: World War II: Japanese Americans: Internment, Racism, Human rights
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by St. Ives Productions
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eye 113,987
favorite 12
comment 1
Bunker Hill, LA - "waiting to be leveled, to make way for a new world of concrete steel and glass" Shows old homes on Bunker Hill, destruction and reconstruction
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
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eye 233,452
favorite 115
comment 4
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topic: Vintage Erotica
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eye 416,060
favorite 299
comment 26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 26 reviews )
Topics: need keyword, Stag
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favorite 379
comment 28
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 28 reviews )
Topics: need keyword, Stag
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by Medical Arts Productions
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eye 347,956
favorite 202
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Sex education film aimed at teenage boys, with the coach as authority figure and teacher.
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Topics: Sex education, Children, Gender roles
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favorite 232
comment 21
from tape 0517 PA8151 Burlesque (including Sheree) 016.10, PA6908
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Topic: need meta
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by On Film, Inc.
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Thoughtfully made advertising sales promo film extolling 1950s suburbanites as citizens and consumers.
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Topics: Suburbia, Cold War, Consumerism
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Topic: 000745
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Vintage erotic dance video showing a woman named Sheree dancing first in a tiger-print outfit, then in a bikini.
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Topics: Vintage Erotica, Erotic Dance
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Uses vignettes, animation and comments by girls and boys to explore the medical facts and some personal feelings about menstruation.
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Topic: need keyword
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by MPO Productions
movies
eye 188,082
favorite 508
comment 30
Set at the 1956 General Motors Motorama, this is one of the key Populuxe films of the 1950s, showing futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire's "Kitchen of the Future."
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 30 reviews )
Topics: Futurism, Automobiles: Advertising, Gender roles
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by Hammid (Alexander) and Deren (Maya)
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comment 36
Alexander Hammid's intimate study of a female cat and the birth and maturation of her five kittens.
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Topics: Animals: Cats, Animals: Behavior, Psychology
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by Sutherland (John) Productions
movies
eye 234,965
favorite 411
comment 25
In this corporate-sponsored cartoon, Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 25 reviews )
Topics: Economics, Oil industry, Advertising: Animation
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by Bosse (Karl Kurt)
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comment 3
Beautifully animated explication of human eye and eyesight.
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Topics: Perception: Vision, Animation
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by Techfilm Studio, Moscow
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This disturbing film records the successful experiments in the resuscitation of life to dead animals (dogs), as conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, U.S.S.R. Director: D.I. Yashin. Camera: E.V. Kashina. Narrator: Professor Walter B. Cannon. Introduced by Professor J.B.S. Haldane.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 80 reviews )
Topics: Animals: Dogs, Medicine: Veterinary: Experiments, Life extension
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comment 7
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
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eye 216,940
favorite 137
comment 8
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topics: Vintage Erotica, Erotic Dance
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eye 537,893
favorite 219
comment 9
Footage from Castle and Pathé coverage of the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst. Also shots of the big ships over New York.
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Topic: need keyword
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by Archer Productions, Inc.
movies
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Selected for the 2004 National Film Registry of "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" motion pictures. Famous Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 77 reviews )
Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense, Animation
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by Unknown
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Anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating, linking pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 50 reviews )
Topics: Culture wars, Sexualities, Pornography
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comment 9
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topic: need meta
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by Wilding Picture Productions
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Salt, its extraction and uses in national defense, industry, agriculture, and the home. A feast of late-1950s imagery of everyday life, culture and industry.
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Topics: Salt, Occupations: Mining
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comment 2
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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by Photo & Sound Productions for Medical Arts Productions
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comment 21
Menstruation education film for young teenage girls, redolent with dated detail.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 21 reviews )
Topics: Sex education, Gender roles, Children
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by U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration
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eye 77,996
favorite 85
comment 17
Eerie nuclear tests on houses and dummies at the Nevada Test Site.
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Topic: Atomic-nuclear: Weapons
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by Simmel-Meservey
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Advises children to do whatever is necessary -- even lie -- to achieve harmonious family relations. This portrait of manners among the affluent places a premium on pleasant, unemotional behavior, and contains some interesting do's and don'ts sequences. Key line: "These boys treat their dad as though they were genuinely glad to see him, as though they really missed him..." Director: Edward C. Simmel. Cinematography: Harry F. Burrell. Script: Arthur V. Jones. Editor: Miriam Bucher. With...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 23 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Families
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by Iowa State Teachers' College
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This idealized story of four years in the life of Kay, Jean, Helen, and Louise evokes the lost world of Iowa State's Home Economics Division in the fifties. When an assembly speaker at the high school talks of girls who studied home economics in college, Kay is smitten. But it is a big thing for someone in her family to attend college. She convinces her parents to make the sacrifice and is so eager to leave that she is packing her bags just minutes after receiving her acceptance letter. There...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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comment 12
Sales training film for duPont Film Division (cellophane), featuring an angel and devil monitoring the activities of bakery salesmen on earth, and explaining how packaging helps to sell food. In Kodachrome.
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Topics: Sales: Training, Heaven and hell, Food industry
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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Definitive document of pre-World War II futuristic utopian thinking, as envisioned by General Motors. Documents the "Futurama" exhibit in GM's "Highways and Horizons" pavilion at the World's Fair, which looks ahead to the "wonder world of 1960."
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 14 reviews )
Topics: Futurism, World's Fairs: New York, 1939-40, Infrastructure: Roads and highways
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by Unknown
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eye 399,624
favorite 489
comment 85
Anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating, linking pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 85 reviews )
Topics: Culture wars, Sexualities, Pornography
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by American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
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Training film for users of the new dial telephones.
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Topics: Communication: Telephone, Ergonomics
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comment 2
Animated.
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by Crawley Films, Ltd.
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Social-sex development of Bill and Mary and how they came to meet, fall in love and marry.
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Topics: Sex education, Social guidance, Gender roles
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comment 2
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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by Sutherland (John) Productions
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This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.
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Topics: Cold War, Animation: Advertising, Capitalism
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by Interlude Films
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A group of children, all wearing ape masks, rides their bicycles to the park for a picnic. Along the way, all but one are eliminated for violating basic bike safety rules. This strange film was narrated by Edward Everett Horton. Script and Direction: Dale Jennings. Photography: Max Hutto. Art Direction: Ralph Hulett. With Dick Hutto, Janice Powell, Lucie Hagens, Ralph Hulett, Clyde L. Johnson, Dave Hembree, Colleen Hutto, Charles Hagens, Kevin Lindsay, Dan Whitehead, Don Moody, Diane Chambers,...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 47 reviews )
Topics: Bicycles, Safety: Bicycle, Animals: Apes
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by Crawley Films
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Animated explanation of primary and secondary sex characteristics in adolescent boys and girls.
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Topics: Sex education, Medicine: Endocrinology, Animation
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by Sid Davis
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Anti-homosexual film targeted at teenage boys, urging them to avoid encounters with potential molesters.
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Topics: Homosexualities, Crime and criminals (Molestation), Los Angeles
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by Tullio Pellegrini
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favorite 141
comment 10
Cinemascope homage to the city of San Francisco made by amateur filmmaker and inventor Tullio Pellegrini.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews )
Topics: san francisco, amateur film, widescreen, Cinemascope, pasta1
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by Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
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"SHOWS THE WORK OF A CATALOGUER, THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN, THE REFERENCE LIBRARIAN,  THE  LIBRARIAN WHO WORKS WIITH CHILDREN & THE LIBRARIAN WHO SPECIALIZES IN A  FIELD." 00:01:00 Pan of bookcases 00:02:02 CU Blind man reading braille Lots of library interiors
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topic: library science
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by De Vry School Films, Inc.
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favorite 82
comment 1
Possibly some shots to be logged. Boy turning around with ball in hand, shot both in and out of his POV. How a boy can make a refractive telescope. Reflecting telescope. Make-believe trip to the Moon by airplane The planets
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comment 2
Examines the widespread use of drugs in American society and presents experts discussing different reasons for increased drug abuse by youth. Focuses on the varying opinions of a judge, researcher, child psychologist, minister, and drug user toward increased drug abuse. Emphasizes the need for helping children make proper choices about drugs. Highlight: JIM NABORS and unidentified woman do operatic duet to "Figaro" with lyrics changed to drug references; Jim Nabors pops pills in the...
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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favorite 40
comment 2
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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by Highway Safety Films, Inc
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Emphasizes the danger of attacks on children, dramatizing typical approaches. Shows what can be done to reduce the problem by making children aware of it and ready to take precautions when accosted by strangers.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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eye 127,213
favorite 105
comment 28
Promotional film for the controversial Chevrolet Corvair.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 28 reviews )
Topic: Automobiles: Advertising
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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favorite 60
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Animated character "Tommy Telephone" produces a telephone by assembling 433 separate parts.
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Topics: Animation: Stop-motion, Communication: Telephone, Animation: Advertising
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by Presented by James S. Perkins in collaboration with Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth & Dr. Ralph M. Barnes
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Essentially a summary of work analysis films which were taken by Frank B. Gilbreth between 1910 and 1924 showing a number of industrial operations from which the motion study technique was developed.
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Topic: need keyword
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by Sutherland (John) Productions
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favorite 406
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Animated classic presenting what an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of atomic energy and the byproducts of nuclear fission.
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Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Energy, Physics, Animation
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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PA-2177 ìWonderful Worldî 08:01:14:28 - 08:45:06:23 Color Sound 1959 "Wonderful World" Broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities, sponsored by Coca-Cola. Narrator: Ken Nordine. Parallels in European, American, Asian, South American, Caribbean lifestyles, leisure, hospitality, (racial stereotypes in narration.) Landmarks, history, sports, architecture, travel. Amazingly, everyone drinks Coke - globalism, multinationalism. 08:01:14:28...
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by Various
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Examples of broadcast advertising from the 1950s and 1960s.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism
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Mild stag film starring Adele Doleman
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Topic: need keyword
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by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc.
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favorite 9
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Plymouth Division, Chrystler Corporation presents Sailing Along, produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc.
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Topics: Motion Pictures: Sponsored, Automobiles: Advertising, Automobiles: Engineering
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Educational film on the Cold War conflict.
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Topics: Cold War, Communism
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favorite 5
comment 0
Home Movie PA 097836
Topic: Home Movie PA 097836
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales? The companion Encyclopedia Britannica Film "Democracy" can be found here.
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Topic: Political science
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by Williams (Clem) Films
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Santa Claus rides in a parade and walks kids through a relentless department-store Christmas display. Filmed in Pittsburgh.
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Topics: Christmas, Santa Claus, Consumerism
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by Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
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comment 31
Romp through the futuristic landscape of the Seattle World's Fair, centered in the Bell System pavilion.
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Topics: World's Fairs: Seattle, 1962, Communication: Telephone, Futurism
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by Various
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by National Motion Picture Company
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Health film using unusual imagery and metaphors to impart lessons in hygiene.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Children, Medicine: Infectious diseases
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favorite 67
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Illustrates the design process involving in making a new car - the Mustang.
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Topic: need keyword
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comment 2
To come.
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: prelinger, home movies
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by U.S. Treasury Department
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Complex and disturbing anti-Japanese propaganda film produced to spur the sale of U.S. war bonds. CONTENT ADVISORY: Explicit racism and extreme violence.
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Topics: World War II: Japan, Propaganda, World War II: Homefront
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Footage of World Trade Center from a work print
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Topic: need keyword
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by On Film, Inc.
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Remarkable, surreal industrial film promoting "Atarax," a tranquilizer, and asserting how "ataraxic medicines" can help us all to achieve the relaxed state we long for. Created by Coni Johnston, Mel London, Joseph Cole, Bert Spielvogel, Tracy Ward (a pseudonym for Virginia Bell) and by Rune Hagman, Delores Phox, Jeanne Sharp, Dick Brophy, M. Opelle, Herb Hagens.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Psychology, Pharmaceutical industry, Medicine: Psychiatry
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films, with examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette, courtesy to parents, and an analysis of what makes some people popular and others not. A scream and a sobering document of postwar conformity. Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Writers: Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute...
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Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Gender roles
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0696 PA8508 Out of This World
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by MPO Television Films, Inc.
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General Motors 1961 Motorama film presenting new cars, appliances and futuristic ideas at their most banal.
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Topics: Futurism, Automobiles: Advertising, Houses and homes: Kitchens
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0707 PA8113 Berkeley Fire 1923
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version.
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Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Dating, Gender roles
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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favorite 20
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Announcement film introducing the new 1966 Chevrolet models. Skeletal entry
( 1 reviews )