Seeing the Digital Future: 1961 AT&T Corporate Film

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Here’s a 1961 corporate film from AT&T that tries to predict the wonderful digital world of the future, including online shopping!

 

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Jeff Keen’s Dreams of the Archduke Sketchbook

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This is a short film made for a gallery showing of works by the late great British artist and filmmaker, Jeff Keen. It’s a soundless page turn through a series of brilliant and inspiring pages in a sketchbook. If you are at all familiar with his amazing film work, you will see how directly connected to that work these pages really are.

 

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If you are unfamiliar with Keen’s incredible and very influential film work, here is a treat for you. It’s his ‘Marvo Movie’ from 1967.

 

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Cinderella: Fantastic 1947 Soviet Union Feature Film

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Filmed in the Soviet Union just after World War II, this is a rare gem of fairytale movie making. It’s a fantastically colorful telling of the tale that stands as a welcome contrast to the Disney approach. The film features one of Russia’s greatest stage actresses, Faina Ranevskaya, as the stepmother. It was produced by the Soviet LenFilm studio and directed by Mikhail Shapiro and Nadezhda Kosheverova. I think it was originally filmed in black & white but was recently colorized for a DVD release. The colorization works well within the context of a fairytale with grand stage scenery and theatrical costumes.

 

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Beauty and the Beast: Russian Animation

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This is a 1952 Soviet film adaptation of a variation on the Beauty and the Beast story called 'The Scarlet Flower', written by Sergey Aksakov in 1858. This story focuses much more on the bargain made between the unseen beast and the girl's father when he touches the scarlet flower on the magical island that is the beast's home than in the versions most American audiences are familiar with..

The animation technique in use here is called rotoscoping. Actors were filmed in costume doing their character movements, then traced frame-by-frame to create what was supposed to be a more realistic animation. In fact, rotoscoping often produces a curiously lifeless movement in conflict with the more fantastic backgrounds.

 

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Hilarious 1970s Horror Movie Trailers

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Overwrought, hysterical, panicked, demented, distressed, hilarious. How have I missed these?

 

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PostHuman: Science Fiction Animation

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From Colliculi Productions comes this violent NSFW sci-fi short. I like sci-fi with hackers and exploding heads.

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