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Adolph Zukor Presents Broadway Highlights: Intimate News of the Gay White Way.
Presents a series of newsreel segments from the 1930s of celebrities of the day visiting New York's hot Broadway shows. Many prominent Big Apple personalities are shown, making this feature an important historical document as well as very entertaining viewing. Originally produced in 1936. 60 min. Video/C MM533

Affluenza
A fascinating look at one of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism. Hosted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the program explores both the comical and sobering aspects of our consumerism and its enormous impact on families, communities and the environment. With the help of historians and archival film, Affluenza reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prizes thriftiness - with strong beliefs in 'plain living and high thinking' - into the ultimate consumer society. Special DVD features : "From the filmmaker" with John de Graaf (25 min.) ; "A simple calling" with voluntary simplicity expert Cecile Andrews (9 min.) ; "The two Y's, democracy and the economy" with economist Peter Dorman (10 min.) ; Adbusters "Uncommercials". 1998. 56 min. DVD X2660; vhs Video/C 5483

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America in the '40s: A Sentimental Journey
1998. 57 min. each installment

Part 1, On Borrowed Time. In this first segment the decade begins with optimism, but the attack on Pearl Harbor brings America into its second world war. Popular music and movies of the time are featured along with wartime footage, home movies, and original stories from Americans who lived through those momentous years. Video/C 5807

Part 2, War Stories. This second segment focuses on riveting battle footage as the war accelerates, while veterans recount poignant tales of frontline terror and bonds of friendship that survive today. Includes archival footage of the war, of performances by USO troops, and of war plant workers at home, plus popular songs of the era. Video/C 5808

Part 3, Coming Home. In this final segment jointhe crowds who celebrated the end of World War II, and watch as GIs adjust to civilian life, marriage, and babies. Then re-live America's introduction to the gadget that would change life forevermore: Television. Features archival footage and popular songs that helped define the era. Video/C 5809

America, Lost and Found: The Depression Decade
Uses newsreels, old photographs, feature film clips, advertisements, and home movies to create a portrait of America in the 1930's. Conveys the psychological impact of the economic and social collapse that accompanied the Great Depression in the United States, how America reacted to the loss of its dreams and how these dreams were rebuilt. 1979. 59 min. Video/C 8988

America on the Road (A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers).
A history of the automobile and its profound effects on American society. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 805 60 min.

The Aristocrats
Comedy veterans, Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza, use their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke. The joke is old burlesque and too extreme to be performed in public. It's called The Aristocrats. A film by Penn Jillette & Paul Provenza. 2005. 90 min. DVD 5078

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour.
Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from girls' play dates to Barbie web pages, Barbie Nation plumbs the international cult of the Barbie doll, telling the Barbie stories of diverse men, women and children. Producer/director/writer/narrator, Susan Stern. 1998. 54 min. DVD 3708; Video/C 5669

Behind the Burly Q
Burlesque and vaudeville acts were America's most popular form of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century - until cinema drove them from the mainstream. To add insult to injury, the art of burlesque became vilified and misunderstood, and was largely left out of our cultural history. By telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women (and men!) who lived it, Behind the Burly Q reveals the true story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance. Written, directed, and produced by Leslie Zemeckis. Bonus features: Three featurettes, the reunion, memorabilia & costumes, behind the scenes; bonus interviews; burlesque timeline; photo gallery; original theatrical trailor. 98 min. DVD X5573

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation.
bell hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative powers of cultural criticism. She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in students' quest for a sense of agency and identity. Includes footage from many films and music videos, and news coverage. c1997. 61 min. Video/C 4970

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Bravo, Bread, & Circuses
Shows the importance of big stars and their fans in South America. Each star represents a facet of the South American character: A Colombian bullfighter embodies the "lordly Spaniard," while a black world champion boxer and the people of his village symbolize rebellion or the "Guerrilla." 1987? 60 min. Video/C MM716

By-line Newsreel. (Tyler-Texas Black Film Collection: The Missing Link in Black Cinema)
Newsreels providing close-ups of black leaders in government and sports. Produced by Bill Alexander and Biddy Wood, 1956/1957.

Vol. 1: Opens with shots of black government officials in the EisenhowerAdministration followed by footage of Marine Reservists departing for basic training. In sports, the Baltimore Colts with black star Lenny Moore, take on the Chicago Bears, with black star Bobby Watkins. Fashion models wearing "I like Ike" buttons are shown followed by an interview with Mrs. Carmel Carrington Marr, A U.N. official. Video/C 7176

Vol. 2: Opens with Afro-Americans celebrating in the "I'm an American Day" parade in Baltimore. At Altus Air Force Base, a black soldier comes to the aid of a white engineer who is disabled. Black officials of the Eisenhower Administration are shown including Samuel Pierce, Undersecretary of Labor. Concludes with a visit to the Savannah Club in New York's Greenwich Village. Video/C 7177

Vol. 3: Black members of the Eisenhower administration are interviewed including a top aide, the first black member of the White House staff, and Assistant Secretary of Labor, J. Ernest Wilkins. In sports, Air Force athletes are shown competing in Olympic track and field tryouts in Los Angeles. Video/C 7178

Vol. 4: The 1956 Republican National Convention in San Francisco is shown with interviews of leading Black Republicans. In sports, scenes from the Morgan State-North Carolina State football game are shown and at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, President Eisenhower opens the World Series by throwing out the first ball to Dodger catcher Roy Campanella. Video/C 7179

California Roll
A sexy, hip hop journey into the fast moving, high rolling Asian America youth market on the West Coast. Follow DJ Hideo as he explains how, why and for whom, this scene exists. Visits Asian American Hollywood nightspots, the Go Go Girl phenomenon, and of course, what hip hop music is to the Asian American scene today. Produced and directed by Stanley Lim. 2005. 50 min. DVD 9571

Cola Conquest
1998. 50 min. each installment

The Big Sell. Coca-Cola, invented by a Civil War veteran, is the most recognized brand name on earth. First sold as a patent tonic, its second owner, Asa Griggs Candler, used mass market advertising to make it America's most popular soft drink. Coca-Cola spawned many imitators, among them Pepsi-Cola. In the 1960's, with its "Pepsi generation" slogan and successful Michael Jackson ad, Pepsi challenges Coke, and the cola wars begin. Video/C 8972

Cola War and Peace. Details the rivalry between Coca-Cola and Pepsi for most of this century. When the American army went to Europe in World War II, Coca-Cola went with it, and became identified with American patriotism. The chairman of Coca-Cola was involved in the presidential campaigns of Dwight Eisenhower, and the chairman of Pepsi in Richard Nixon's. Pepsi enjoyed a monopoly in Russia during the 1970s. With glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Coke and Pepsi compete as equals for emerging markets worldwide. Video/C 8973

Coca-colonization Reveals the marketing strategies used by Coca-Cola from the 1980's on, as it becomes the No. 1 soft drink in the world, and pursues its goal of becoming the No. 2 beverage. From selling Coca-Cola at a loss in poor countries to sponsorship of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, it succeeds. But as new markets open to Americanization, there are political consequences, as Guatemala and Burma show. Video/C 8974

Call It Home.
A pictorial history of suburban development planned by developers, government agencies and savings and loan companies. Begins at the time of the Depression (1929-1940) and concludes with the 1960's. Includes garden cities and Levittowns and financial, real estate and building industries. Maps show racial segregation. Depicts the mutual influence of highways and urban sprawl. And ends with interior design and Special features: 17 rare film clips from advertising, industrial and government films. Over 2,800 archival photographs, advertisments, maps, plans, and documents tracing suburban history from 1934 to 1960. Archival audio track with historical radio programs and additional film soundtracks. 24-page booklet with chapter index, full bibliography, image log with notes, and graphic study of comparative suburban morphology. c1992. 56 min. Video/D 153

Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business
Using archival footage, film fragments, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind-the-scenes to convey the true life story of the "Brazilian Bombshell," singer and actress Carmen Miranda. c1996. 90 min. DVD 2594; also on VHS Video/C 4786

Chelsea on the Rocks
Documents the artists, writers, musicians, and celebrities that have emerged from the legendary residence in the middle of New York. Includes archival footage, interviews, narrative sequences, and the people who have lived and created in the American cultural icon, the Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Abel Ferrara. 2008. 88 min. DVD X6242

Coca-Cola: The History of an American Icon
Just over 100 years ago, the world never heard of a cola. Presented here is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the story of a product that began as a dream to find the perfect formula for a soda-fountain drink. When it was coupled with innovative and pioneering marketing techniques, it sparked a social revolution that made Coca-Cola the world's favorite soft drink. "The story of this American icon is told with the help of rare photographs and previously unseen footage." c2001. 145 min. DVD 1130

Culture of Nature (Shock of the New; 7).
Discusses why the 20th century brought about a major change in the subject matter used by artists. Shows how the various manifestations of popular culture replaced nature as the focus of artistic interest and describes the Pop art movement.1988. 52 min. Video/C 223

Disco & Atomic War (Disko & tuumasöda)
A story about growing up in the Soviet Union; a film about our generation, who were unknowingly brought to the front line of the Cold War. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children's world views in those days. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. c2009. 80 min. DVD X5107

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Dominoes.
A portrait of the 1960's using documentary film footage and rock music from the period. Focuses on a succession of tableaus, conveying the director's view that one thing led to another. Presented as an artist's impressions, not to be construed as strictly sequential. c199?. 60 min. Video/C 2125

Drinking in America.
Based on the book entitled Drinking in America: a History by Mark Edward Lender and James Kirby Martin. 1995. Video/C 1460

Drive-in Movie Memories
Presents the history, development, and decline of drive-in movie theaters. Features interviews and commentaries with actors, producers, critics, and others involved in the drive-in movie industry. Based on the books The American drive-in movie theatre and Drive-in movie memories by Don and Susan Sanders. c2006. 58 min. DVD 5488

Electric Happenings
Bill Haley and the Comets, "Rock 'n Rally" with St. Ignatius High School, Beatles in SF, Haight-Ashbury, to the moon and back. KPIX Television Station, 1970. Video/C 2044

Electronic Bodies
This experimental film is a virtual tour through Graceland, Michael Jackson's Neverland and Disneyland. Winding through the lives and accessories of the famous individuals who constructed these fantasy homes, the film is also an examination of cultural transformers who recreated themselves into American myth. A tape by Rita Gonzalez. 1996. 18 min. Video/C 9213

Ephemeral Films.

To New Horizons: Ephemeral Films, 1931-1945. Clips from 19 rarely-seen motion pictures, leftovers from the golden age of American industry. Video/D 20

Contents: In my merry Oldsmobile (1931) -- Master hands (1936) -- We drivers (1936) -- Chevrolet leader news (1936) -- Relax (1937) -- Precisely so (1937) -- Extra (1938) -- Breakfast pals (1938) -- Three smart daughters (1938) -- Oxydol goes into high (1938) -- 'Round and 'round (1939) -- Back of the mike (1939) -- Leave it to Roll-oh (1940) -- Home movies (1940) -- To new horizons (1940) -- Let yourself go (1940) -- Magic in the air (1941) -- To market, to market (1942) -- News sketches by Max Fleischer (1944/45). Videodisc Video/D 20

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You Can't Get There From Here: Ephemeral Films, 1946-1960. Clips from 19 rarely-seen motion pictures, leftovers from the golden age of American consumerism. Video/D 21

Contents: A report to home builders (1946) -- Shy guy (1947) -- Are you popular? (1947) -- Technicolor for industrial films (1949) -- Meet King Joe (1949) -- Dating: do's and dont's (1949) -- The last date (1950) -- A date with your family (1950) -- Treasures for the making (1951) -- What to do on a date (1951) -- A young man's fancy (1952) -- Ike for president (1952) -- Mother takes a holiday (1952)-- Sniffles and sneezes (1955) -- Two-Ford freedom (1956) -- Design for dreaming (1956) -- The relaxed wife (1957) -- American look (1958) -- A wonderful new world of Fords (1960). DVD 7125 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9299[preservation copy]; Videodisc Video/D 21

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Ethnic Notions.
Written and directed by Marlon Riggs. Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes and wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, advertisements, household artifacts, even children's rhymes. These caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights era and implanted themselves within the American psyche. 1986. 57 min. DVD 3049; also VHS Video/C 1024
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The Fabulous 60s.
Reviews the events, personalities, cultural and social trends, and business and sports achievements responsible for making the 1960's a decade of sharp contrasts. 1970. 10 tapes 550 min. total. DVD 7857; Video/C 1065-1066

[David Halberstam's] The Fifties.

Volume 1: The Fear and the Dream. First segment in a six part series on the United States in the Fifties. In the postwar U.S., new affluence mingled with the fear of the new menace of communism. Film discusses the conditions encountered by WWII veterans, the building of the first housing tract, the development of the nuclear arms race and the hydrogen bomb, anti-Communist hysteria and McCarthyism, events leading to the Korean War and the development of popular literature in the 50's focusing on Mickey Spillane. 1997. 90 min.DVD 9403 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5378

Volume 2: Selling the American Way. Still haunted by the Great Depression, Americans needed to be coaxed into enjoying their new-found affluence. This episode shows how the invention of television and the perfection of the art of advertising were used in both commerce and politics. Highlights advertising gurus Norman Vincent Peale and Rosser Reeves, shows how Richard Nixon applied slick new media techniques to save his career and how Washington learned to manipulate the media, hiding undercover operations in places like Iran, Guatemala and ultimately, Vietnam. 50 min. DVD 9404 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5379

Volume 3: Let's Play House. This segment describes the personal unrest sometimes felt in the outwardly tranquil fifties, including dissatisfaction with women's roles as housewives and men's roles in the corporate rat race. Feminist Betty Friedan, Sloan Wilson, author of The man in the gray flannel suit, and Grace Metalious, whose steamy novel Petyon Place exposed small-town hypocrisy, are discussed as representative of the gap between the idealized nuclear family of the 1950s and the way things really were. 50 min. DVD 9405 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5380

Volume 4: A Burning Desire. During this time of social claustrophobia and sexual taboos, a handful of individuals brought a world of suppressed desires into the open. The publication of the famed "Kinsey Report", pin-up girl Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner's Playboy, and Margaret Sanger's crusade for the pill are profiled as key movements that set the stage for the sexual revolution to come. 50 min. Video/C 5381

Volume 5: The Beat.This episode shows how the culture of the Beats and the rise of rock 'n' roll helped forge the youth culture that would explode in the sixties. Focuses in Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, jazz greats Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, the rise of country/rock and Elvis Presley. 50 min. DVD 9406 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5382

Volume 5: The Rage Within and The Road to the Sixties. "The Rage Within" shows how America in the fifties is finally forced to examine issues of racial discrimination through the murder of Emmet Till, the rise of athletes like Bill Russell and Willie Mays, school desegregation, the Montgomery bus strike, and leadership by Martin Luther King, Jr. "The Road to the Sixties" shows American involvement with fast cars, fast food, the space race, the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba and a rising restlessness as the country hurtles toward the next decade. 50 min. DVD 94067 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5379

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames. Volume 5
Tops -- IBM at the fair -- A computer glossary -- Eames lounge chair -- The expanding airport -- Kepler's Laws -- Bread -- Polyorchis Haplus -- Tops (from Stars of Jazz) Exec. producer, Lucian Demetrios. Narrator: Gregory Peck. Tops: These many tops are a classic Eames toy film. IMB at the fair: Shows the brilliant Eames/Saarinen IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's fair. Computer glossary: Jargon of computers expresses something of their nature. Eames lounge chair: Assembly of the famous chair at hyperwarp speed. Expanding airport: Concise history of airports leading into Eero Saarinen's Dulles Airport concept. Kepler's laws: Bread as nutrition, craft, and culture. Polyorchis Haplus: Lyrical motion of a tiny sea creature. Tops (from Stars of jazz): Rarely seen precursor to the classic "Tops." DVD 442

The Flapper Story.
Using a lively blend of interviews and archival footage, this documentary takes a look at the flapper, the proclaimed "New woman" ideal of America's roaring twenties. 1985. 29 min. Video/C 2973

Flappers: The Birth of the 20th-Century Woman
Using vibrant archival film clips and interviews with women who came of age during the Roaring 20s in Britain, this program chronicles the emergence of the modern woman in the aftermath of World War I. Higher education for women, the entry of women into politics and the professions, women's suffrage, new attitudes toward sexuality, and other topics are addressed within the historical context of the early 1900s. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 53 min. DVD X5870; Video/C 8712

Focus on the Last Hundred Years.
Uses archival photographs, sound recordings, and film footage to explore world events, sports, life-styles, and scientific achievements of various decades. ca. 58 min. each

1900-1909. Video/C 1000
1910-1919. Video/C 1001
The Twenties. Video/C 1002
The Thirties. Video/C 1003
The Forties. Video/C 1004
The Fifties. Video/C 1005
1960-1964, the Kennedy years. Video/C 1006
1965-1969, the angry years. Video/C 1007

Food: You Are What You Eat (90's Home Video Collection).
Michael Jacobsen, Gail Smith / by Eddie Becker -- Islander restaurant / by Eddie Becker and Danese Seals -- Salad Bar / by Skip Blumberg -- Wax food in Tokyo / by Chip Lord -- Jim Bouton / by Marty Goldensohn -- Weinermobile / by Matthew Gilson -- Chinese noodle making backwards and forward at Yang's Chinese Restaurant / by Skip Blumberg -- Food song / by Nancy Cain -- Just saying stuff about food / by Anna Weinberg. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 2202

Forbidden City, U.S.A.
"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. 1989. 56 min. DVD 6278; Video/C 1775

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Great Escape, 1927. (The People's Century)
By the mid-1920s, millions worldwide were already confirmed "moviegoers". Movies reflected and affected the way people dressed, thought and spoke, teaching the inexperienced about love and courage, while the governments around the globe were quick to realize the power of film: this new mass entertainment would also prove an unrivaled tool of mass persuasion. Here moviegoers reminisce, revealing how the new medium persuaded, influenced and entralled them, as it offered a welcome refuge from the century's pressures. c1998. 56 min. DVD X5254 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5549

How to Create a Junk Food (Nova).
Julia Child introduces NOVA's behind-the-scenes exploration of two new snacks in the making. 1988. 58 min. DVD 9154 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1244

I, Doll: The Unauthorized Biography of America's 11 1/2" Sweetheart
A history and examination of the international social phenomenon of the Barbie doll; a toy, idol, role model and fashion model reflecting standards of appearance and lifestyle for girls and women since 1959. Praised for encouraging little girls towards careers and accessorizing, she is also blamed for eating disorders, silicone breast implants and collection frenzies. Along the way meet the "Barbie Hall of Fame" curator, as well as bulmics, artists, owners of Barbie collections and other people whose lives have been affected by this doll. Produced, directed and written by Tula Asselanis. 1995. 58 min. Video/C MM1014

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It's a Mall World
Examines cultural and psychological aspects of what is now an archetypal suburban experience: shopping at the mall. Visiting "cathedrals of consumerism" throughout North America -- from the Southdale, Minnesota, progenitor of the enclosed retail mall to the absurdly spectacular Grand Canal Shoppes and Desert Passage in Las Vegas -- the video raises fundamental questions about consumer identity and diversity. Evoking "experience retail" as a conceptual counterpoint to Internet-driven home shopping, the program also catalyzes inquiry into the relationship between economics, architecture, and human interaction. 2001. 47 min. DVD 5624

Japanese Version.
Explores Japan's fascination with things American, pointing out that in borrowing from other cultures there emerges a distinct Japanese slant on such things as American baseball, the 1950's, weddings, and "love hotels". c1991. 56 min. Video/C 2536

Joan Sees Stars
A video artist's look at the ways that celebrity culture, especially movie stars, make their way into our lives, our beds and our dreams. The piece combines performance material in which the artist literally inserts herself into movie history (or it -- into her body) with the expressive use of special effects which are used to create metaphors, to visually punch out meanings suggested verbally by the script and the performance. c1993. 60 min. Video/C 8702

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Jones Beach: An American Riviera
Archival newsreels, still photographs, period music and personal interviews chronicle the history of Jones Beach, a New York landmark described as "the finest seashore playground in the world." Set against a backdrop of the social history of the first half of the 20th century, the film places the pioneering design and construction of noted urban planner Robert Moses' masterpiece, Jones Beach, in the context of Depression-era New York. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 4368

Lifestyles U.S.A.
"The world's greatest collection of American post-modern, nuclear family nostalgia and rampant gleeful post-war consumerism ever compiled onto DVD! Transferred from the original films, The series features an array of squeeky-clean, optimistic, historically-relevant 16mm films from the 1950's and 1960's on subjects like: railroads, Investment bankers, office manners, correct public speaking, Thanksgiving, and Formica...just to name a few! Each 2 hour DVD comes individually packaged with full synopsis, segment titles and commentary in the text. It's American society as seen through the smoked-acrylic eyes of giant corporations and --captured like a new-fangled Polaroid snapshot on 29 digitally mastered DVD's from the ORIGINAL films and negatives. ONLY from Something Weird Video. Hurray, America! Gosh, we were cool back then." [Distributor's description].

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Low and Slow
Filmed in San Jose, California, this documentary explores lowriding, a type of custom car building prevalent in the Mexican-American community. Features interviews with lowriders, particulary women enthusiasts about their attitudes towards the drivers, their cars and the social dimensions of low-rider culture. Directed by Melina Alexa Ramirez and Aranttza Sauza. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2009. 12 min. DVD X7380

Lowriders.
Examines the conflicts with community and police in Compton, California, surrounding the low riders and their cruising, culture and car rallies in customized automobiles. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 4368

Making Sense of the 60s.
A comprehensive look at politics, social movements, and culture of the 1960's. 6 parts, ca. c1991. 60 min. each. DVD 1805-1810 Video/C 1953

Malls R Us
Documentary that examines the social significance of shopping malls. Looks at North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination-the enclosed shopping center-and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge. Written and directed by Helene Klodawsky. 2008. 78 min. DVD X2319

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March of Time

Other March of Time installments listed in MRC's newreels videography.

March of Time: The American Family. The War Years, 1941-1945 -- The Postwar Years, 1946-1948. Stories feature the concerns of U.S. families during and after World War II, such as rationing, the "baby boom," marriage and divorce. In two parts (2 tapes, 89 min. each): Part 1: Contents: Americans all -- Mr. and Mrs. America -- America's food crisis -- Americans all -- Where's the meat?; Part 2: Contents: Life with baby -- Nobody's children -- Life with junior -- Life with grandpa -- Marriage and divorce. DVD 8936-8937 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1112: 1-2

March of Time: The American Family. American Fashion and Leisure, 1945-1950.
Selected newsreels examine fashion, beauty and leisure time in the U.S. Contents: American beauty -- Tomorrow's Mexico -- Fashion means business -- The fight game -- Wish you were here -- The male look. 105 min. DVD 8935 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1113

March of Time: The American Family. America's Youth, 1940-1950. Stories examine the effects of war on the young men and women of America, their dreams and desires, and the conditions of U.S. schools and education. Contents: America's youth -- Youth in crisis -- Teenage girls -- The fight for better schools -- Schools march on. 90 min. DVD 8936 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1114

March of Time: The American Family. Show Business. Present various aspects of the U.S. entertainment industry, including motion pictures, popular music, theater and nightclubs. In two parts (2 tapes, 92 min. each): Part 1: Contents: The movie marches on -- Show business at war -- Upbeat in music -- Challenge to Hollywood; Part 2: Contents: The nightclub boom -- Is everybody listening -- On stage -- It's in the groove -- Beauty at work. DVD 8939-8940 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1115: 1-2

The March of Time: The Great Depression.
Originally produced as a newsreel by Time Magazine, The March of Time was seen monthly for sixteen years in more than 50,000 theatres around the globe. This multiple award-winning documentary series takes a fascinating look at the world during the first half of the 20th century.

Contents: Pt. 1. Time marches in 1935: Saionji -- Speakeasy Street -- Belisha Beacons -- Buchsbaum -- Fred Perkins -- Metropolitan Opera -- Huey Long (88 min.) -- Pt. 2. Economy blues, 1935-1936: Army (USA) -- Croix de Feu -- Ethiopia -- Bootleg coal -- Civil Conservation Corps. -- G.O.P. (Pres. Hoover) (88 min.) -- Pt. 3. Trouble beyond our shores 1935-1936: Japan-China! -- Narcotics -- Townsend Plan -- Pacific Islands -- TVA -- Diebler -- Moscow (82 min.) -- Pt. 4. War and labor woes 1936: Veterans of future wars -- Arson squads in action -- Florida canal -- Field trials -- League of Nations Union -- Railroads -- Albania's King Zog (111 min.) -- Pt. 5. Prosperity ahead 1936: "Lunatic" fringe -- Passamquoddy -- U.S. Milky way -- Labor versus labor -- England's tithe war -- Football business (106 min.) -- Pt. 6. Reality and America's dreams 1937: Conquering cancer -- Mormonism 1937 -- Midwinter vacations -- Father of all Turks -- Birth of Swing -- Enemies of alcohol -- Child labor (97 min.). 6 videocassettes (572 min. total) Video/C 2905

Marketing the Message
Husband and wife filmmakers Joe and Kate Bly take a road trip from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida, surveying ways in which Christian evangelism is stepping up its campaign [to convert non-believers] and rebrand itself to fit within mainstream pop culture. Along the way they find a Christian skateboarding tour, hip accessories for teens, a preaching wrestler, NASCAR fans distributing racing Bibles and the Holy Land Experience -- a Bible themed amusement park -- pushing the envelope of faith-based entertainment. The debate is joined by commercial marketers, pastors and plain folks. 2006. 26 min. DVD 8761

The Merchants of Cool
Examines the tactics, techniques and cultural ramifications of marketing moguls who are seeking the teen market. Explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and the relationships among teens, parents, the media and the marketers of popular culture. Originally produced as a segment on the television program Frontline. c2001. 60 min. DVD 1633; also on VHS Video/C 8130

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Mickey Mouse Monopoly
Takes a close and critical look at the animated films produced by the Disney Company and the cultural values and assumptions propagated in terms of race, gender and class. Includes contributions from cultural critics, media scholars, child psychologists, educators and children. Contents: Disney's media dominance -- Disney's gender representations -- Disney's race representations -- Disney's commercialization of children's culture. c2001. 52 min. DVD 9673; Video/C 7751

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Modest Scarring
An autobiographical documentary in which the filmmaker uses his elaborate decision-making process about whether or not to get a tatoo as a jumping off point for a larger discussion of youth, rebellion and regret. As he interviews those who tattoo, who are tatooed and who are firmly opposed to the tattoo, other issues of social class, art, and self-esteem arise in this exploration of the need to be permanently marked. A film by Randy Bell. 2003. 28 min. DVD 3094

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Mr. Sears' Catalogue (American Experience).
The development and growth of the Sears, Roebuck and Company mail order catalogue business and its impact on American culture, particularly upon rural America. c1989. 59 min. Video/C 1540

No Logo: Brands, Globalization, Resistance
Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work (the dynamics of corporate globalization) impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands. c2003. 42 min. DVD 4891; Video/C 9600

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Objectified
A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. In his second film, director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) documents the creative processes of some of the world's most influential product designers, and looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. Produced and directed by Gary Hustwit. 2009. 75 mins. DVD X2372

On Another Playground: Japanese Popular Culture in America
Explores recent trends in the spread of things Japanese into everyday life in the United States... [Consists of] three detailed case studies presented by noted American anthropologists: Christine Yano on Hello Kitty, Theodore Bestor on sushi & William Kelly on baseball. Contents: Eastward across the Pacific Ocean / Keiko Ikeda (2 min.) -- Kitty does Dallas : the marketing and consumption of Japanese cute / Christine Yano (49 min.) -- Sushi and the western imagination of Japan / Ted Bestor (51 min.) -- Nomo, Ichiro, Matsui : Japan enters the major leagues / William W. Kelly (49 min.) 152 min. DVD X4957

On the Street, Music & People (90's Home Video Collection).
Downtown / by Mo Murphy -- Across from City Hall / by Carla Leshne -- Robert Byrd / by Jim Mulryan -- What Memphis needs / by Alexis Krasilovsky -- Zimbabwe homeless / by Andrew Jones -- The old balladeer / by Jim Passin -- The wastebasket / by Skip Blumberg -- Smogophobia / by Maxi Cohen -- What's that smell / by Skip Blumberg -- Times Square, 1991 / by Esti Marpet -- Third Avenue: only the strong survive / by Downtown Community TV -- Art pushes, art provokes / by Pedro Carvajal -- Overnight man / by Tom Weinberg -- Chicago musicians / by Kathie Robertson -- Project troubadour / by Stuart Leigh -- Todd Alcott / by Skip Blumberg -- Times Beach / by Bruce Lixey -- One man band / by Nancy Cain -- New York City street scenes / by Skip Blumberg. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 2206

The Original Kings of Comedy
Directed by Spike Lee. Features: Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac. Documentary capturing four major African American stand-up comedians. Filmed in Charlotte North Carolina during their "Kings of Comedy" tour, they crack jokes about race, sex, families and human responses. Includes backstage footage and interviews. 2000. 115 min. DVD 557

Our Secret Century.
(CD-ROM for Macintosh).
Media archaeologist Richard Prelinger presents ten hilarious, disturbing, and revealing archival films.

Internet Moving Images Archive (Prelinger Archive)

Ephemeral Films DVD 7462[preservation copy]; Video/D 20 & 21
Call It Home Video/D 153

Volumes 1 and 2. Contents: 1. The rainbow is yours -- 2. Capitalist realism. In vol. 1, seven color films explore how 1950s glitz 'n' glamour seduced Americans into an obsession with the look of designed objects; includes "American Look," the definitive Populuxe film, and General Motors' 1956 motorama musical, "Design for dreaming." In vol. 2, two black-and-white 1930s industrial films attempt to humanize the face of mass production, very much like Soviet propaganda, and "Valley Town" tells the story of a depressed steel town. c1996. Compu/D 345

Volumes 3 and 4. Contents: 1. The behavior offensive -- 2. Menace and jeopardy. In vol. 3, nine comic and creepy social-guidance classics document the postwar social crusade to instill family values, 1950s style. Highlights: Are you popular?, Shy guy, and Habit patterns. In vol. 4, seven safety films shot between 1936 and 1962, lecture about the perils of haste and carelessness. Classics of this genre include Time out for trouble, More dangerous than dynamite, and Safety belt for Susie. Compu/D 346

Volumes 5 and 6. Contents: 1. Teenage transgression -- 2. The Uncharted landscape. In vol. 5, six movies explore the not-so-golden years of the late fifties and early sixties. White and Chicano gangs in working class L.A. call a truce in Gang Boy. Robert's downward spiral in The Dropout includes a stint in the malt shop waiting on his one-time peers and The Terrible truth is that nice girls get hooked on "horse". Vol. 6 is a rare visual record of the changing face of urban and rural America, the blank slate upon which fantasies of growth and prosperity were enacted. In the Suburbs celebrates the swingin' white suburban dream (a paradise for advertisers), and in American Harvest the exploitation of our bountiful natural resources culminates in...a Chevrolet. Compu/D 347

Volumes 7 and 8. Contents: 1. Gender roll call -- 2. Tireless marketers. Vol. 7 considers how and when girls and boys learn to be true to their sex in the inflexible fifties. The Home Economics story points out that "cooking is practically applied chemistry," and dinette doubles as darkroom when Mike's photographer wife solves those pesky two-career problems by quitting her job. Vol. 8 documents the growth of mass advertising and its migration from movie theaters to television. These sweet and subtle precursors to the infomercial include the journey of an animated drop of gasoline through the fuel-efficient 1935 Chevrolet and "RFD Greenwich Village," a suburban oasis where the modern villager relaxes in mod duds of all-cotton corduroy. Compu/D 348

Las Papas del Papa (The Pope's Potatoes)
In 1999 when Pope John Paul II visited Mexico, it was not only the visit of Mexico's most revered living religious figure, but also an opportunity for product placements and corporate tie-ins. In one case, promotional stickers of the Pope appeared in bags of potato chips. This short narrative follows the confusions of a young boy who searches for a shortcut to heaven, in the media saturated world of the Pope's 1999 visit to Mexico. Dirigido y escrito por Alex Rivera con Efrain Santa Cruz. 2000. 8 min. Video/C 9212

Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity.
We are drowning in celebrity culture and certainly no tabloid topic has been as big as Paris Hilton ... Famous for doing nothing, she is the ultimate manifestation of our obsession with celebrity culture and the massive profits that it wields ... Being the first with a celebrity scoop has been the stock and trade of the tabloid magazine business, but only in recent years has that competition spilled over into the traditional news business. Pushed by the surging popularity of entertainment and gossip sites on the Internet, the media landscape is being reshaped by the world of "dish." The ethicists may howl, the columnists complain, but viewers rule and the celebrity machine is more than ready to oblige. As long as we are willing to watch and read, who can resist feeding our habit? Originally broadcast on the CBC series Doc Zone on November 29, 2007. Dist.: Films Media Group. 45 min. DVD X587

People Like Us: Social Class in America
How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Discusses how social class plays a role in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats or suburban gated communities. Travels across the U.S. to present stories of family traditions, class mobility, and different lifestyle choices. Part 1. The choices you make reveal your class (Joe Queenan's balsamic vinegar tour ; The trouble with tofu ; How to marry the rich) -- Part 2. A tour through the landscape of class (WASP lessons ; A Bourgeois blues ; Tammy's story) -- Part 3. Blue collar life in a white collar world (Gnomes r us ; Friends in low places ; Don't get above your raisin') -- Part 4. Understanding the rules of the game (All you need is cash ; Most likely to succeed).film by Andrew Kolker & Louis Alvarez. Dist.: The Center for New American Media. 2001. 124 min. DVD 8442; vhs Video/C 8953

Popular Culture: Rage, Rights, and Responsibility
A vigorous exchange by a distinguished group of panelists on the tension between artistic expression, freedom of speech, and social responsibility. They look at the impact that TV, music and the movies have on young people, the police, and public attitudes toward society in general, as they debate who decides what is popular culture, who produces it, who it influences, and the responsibilities of those who do produce it.

Host, Fred W. Friendly ; moderator, Charles J. Ogletree ; debate participants, Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Clark, Barney Frank, Michael Franti, Jeff Ayeroff, David Harleston, Nadine Strossen, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Henry Hyde, Grant Tinker, Richard Wolf, Terry Rakolta. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2000. 58 min. Video/C 7287

Prohibition
Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. 2011. DVD X6619

Disc 1, A Nation of Drunkards The 19th century was a period of growth both for alcoholic beverages and the temperance movement. The women's crusade of 1873 was essentially a general strike by women whose protest spread to 911 communities in 37 territories. However no laws had been changed and within a few years, saloons were back in business. In 1879, Frances E. Willard became the head of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Carrie Nation and her home defenders army started closing saloons in Kansas but it too failed to change laws. By the turn of the 20th century, there were some 300,000 saloons in America. Saloons were not only social centers but places where you could look for jobs or learn to speak English. The Anti-Saloon league was the most successful pressure group in America and the most effective in making alcohol a wedge issue. The brewers fought back but the temperance movement continued to grow, leading to the passing of the 19th Amendment. 94 min.

Disc 2, A Nation of Scofflaws With the passing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the federal government now passes legislation to enforce it. Known as the Volstead Act, the legislation forbids not only hard liquor but also beer and light wine which many legislators assumed would be exempted. Penalties as well were far harsher than many had expected. The ban on alcoholic beverages could not be complete as alcohol was required by many industrial processes, religious observances and for medicinal purposes. From the day the ban went into into effect,entrepreneurs found ways, some legal, most not - to get around the law. Rum running. became big business with schooners plying their trade on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the U.S. By the mid-1920s many people had come to the conclusion that prohibition was a mistake. Those who drank were drinking more and with no way for government to regulate the illegal industry, they were also drinking bad liquor. Criminal gangs sprang up across the country but Chicago became synonymous with vice and booze. 110 min.

Disc 3, A Nation of Hypocrites By the mid-1920s, a great many people had become convinced that prohibition was a serious mistake. Al Smith was adamant that as President, he would repeal the 18th Amendment. While alcohol consumption continued to rise, nothing demonstrated the failure of prohibition as did the rise of organized crime and the man who became the poster boy for crime and bootlegging, Al Capone. Soon, Pauline Sabin organized a national movement to restore the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. By the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1932, beer was being sold and in less than a year, the 19th Amendment was repealed. 94 min.

The Public Mind.
Host, Bill Moyers. Pt. 1. Consuming images / producer, director, writer, Gail Pellett -- Pt. 2. Leading questions / producer, Leslie Clark ; writers, Leslie Clark, Andie Tucher -- Pt. 3. Illusions of news / producer, director, writer, Richard M. Cohen -- Pt. 4. The truth about lies. Examines the impact on democracy of our mass culture whose basic information comes from image-making, the media, public opinion polls, public relations and propaganda. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1441

The Quirky Collection. (ITN/Reuters Stock Footage Library)
Features the sort of outrageous stories frequently used at the end of news broadcasts. Clips include a school for Santas, a pilot who literally flies blind, the World Worm-Charming Championships, crossing the Atlantic by pedal boat, bungee-jumping at Victoria Falls, underwater hockey, the Juggling Olympics, the world series of Monopoly, world female boxing champ, a 6 yr. old golf whiz, a parachutist who survived a 200 ft. fall, a motorcycle stuntman, Vicars self-defense course, hot coals walkers, a cave house in England, and many wonderful and amazing curiousities concerning animals, birds and household pets. c2000. 63 min. Video/C 7735

The Radio Priest (American Experience).
Profile of Father Charles Coughlin, whose Depression-era radio speeches and the popular following they inspired led to a nationwide debate over the use of the airwaves for antidemocratic messages.
c1988. 58 min. Video/C 1533

Record Store
Explores the various urban subcultures represented at Cue Records, an independent vinyl record store in Philadelphia. Focusing on the store's owners, employees, and customers, the film examines such topics as the addictive drive to collect, the relative value of material culture, and how the world of popular urban music relates to larger social issues such as race and gender. Directed and shot by Matthew Durington. 2008. 36 min. DVD X3278

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The Reel World of News (A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers).
Looks at newsreels, a unique 20th century institution. For over 50 years newsreels informed and entertained whole generations until their demise in the mid-1960's with the advance oftelevised nightly newscasts. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 754

Right On!: Poetry on Film.
During 1968 on the hot streets of New York a trio of young black performers, calling themselves The Original Last Poets, were creating a hip new form of guerilla poetry woven of soul, jazz, the blues and gospel. Today they are credited as the tap-root artists of Rap. This film, set on the rooftops and backalleys of the Lower East Side, presents the trio in the full range of performance from satire and power to tenderness and affirmation. 199?. 73 min. Video/C 3403

The Rise & Fall of the Borscht Belt.
A documentary work of social history comprising reminiscences of the longtime patrons and proprietors in the Borscht Belt. Includes original footage, vintage photographs, and home movies dating back to the area's earliest days. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 2001

Road Scholar.
Satirical poet, Andrei Codrescu takes a six week, 4,500 mile odyssey across America in a cherry-red '68 Cadillac convertible. From the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate he makes impromptu detours along theway in search of a nation's heart and soul, meeting an unforgettable assortment of Americans from across the country. Andrei's odyssey is a delightful, ironic and vividly drawn portrait of America in all of its confounding diversity. Based on Codrescu's book of the same time (Morrison Rm E169.O4.C63 1993; Bancroft E169.O4.C63 1993 Non-circulating; may be used only in The Bancroft Library). 1995. 82 min. Video/C 4329

Route 66: The Ultimate DVD Collection
In A journey down Route 66 and Route 66 revisited, host Michael Wallis gives a personal tour of the highway, interviewing people as he travels the historic road from Chicago to Los Angeles, and showing special attractions including tourist spots, quaint towns and historically significant locations. In Route 66 turns 75, Michael Wallis hits the road again reporting on what remains and what's changed along the highway. Disc 1. A journey down Route 66 -- Disc 2. Route 66 revisited -- Disc 3. Route 66 turns 75, a special celebration. 2006. 190 min. DVD 5679

Stations of the Elevated.
An astonishingly beautiful film about graffiti-covered subway trains hurtling through a strange urban landscape filled with the debris of a decaying society. The music of Charles Mingus counterpoints the recurring visual riffs of the tension-filled imagery. c1990. 45 min. Video/C 3169

Trekkies
Beam up to a galaxy where autograph hounds abound and the debate over "Trekkies" vs. "Trekkers" rages on. Interviews with hundreds of devoted fans and Star Trek cast members creates an entertaining and endearing portrait of the landmark series. A film by Roger Nygard. 1999. 86 min. DVD 6875

Tupperware!
The Tupperware empire began with the unlikely partnership of Earl Silas Tupper, a reclusive small-town inventor, and Brownie Wise, a self-taught marketing whiz. Wise showed American women how to start up their own businesses -- based in their kitchens. Rare archival footage of Tupperware parties, annual Tupperware Jubilees, and home movies are interwoven with the thoughtful, often humorous recollections of Tupperware salespeople and executives who experienced firsthand the company's meteoric rise. c2004. 65 min. DVD 5577

24 Hours on Craig's List
Eight film crews were assembled to document a random day-in-the-life of what has evolved into the world's largest community web site, an online classified source wherein you can find anything and everything you could ever need. Special features: Over 4 hours of deleted scenes and bonus footage; feature commentary by director Michael Ferris Gibson; making of documentary; meet the staff of Craigslist; rebuilding the Tower of Babel; who is Craig? Directed by Michael Ferris Gibson. 2005. 78 min. DVD X5321

The Twenties (A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers).
Usually seen as an age of speakeasies, flappers and high living, the 1920's also saw millions of workers struggling for better wages. This program explores this decade when old America was vanishing and a new urban nation was being formed. Includes reminiscences of Americans who lived during this period. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 807

Twist Barbie: Lynn Spigel Dreams of Plastic Feminism
Lynn Spigel discusses the historical, cultural and social aspects of the Barbie doll phenomenon, while displaying a wide variety of Barbie dolls, apparel and accessaries. Dist. Paper Tiger Television. 1994. 27 min. Video/C MM1216

Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century.
A visual collection of primary source material culled from film or videotape of history as it occurred. There is no added commentary, music or sound effects. Video/D 6 videodisc 1-42

Vintage Burlesque Strippers Films
Stripper: Famous dancer -- Afromood burlesque -- Co-ed secrets stag film -- Blonde stag film -- Brunette -- Cherry Knight -- Malibu Mermaid [with Adele Doleman] -- Indian love burlesque -- Sheree tiger dance -- Peeping Toms paradise -- Two girl hitchhikers -- Two bells from Virginia -- Chinese joy dance -- Nora -- Betty Howard -- Sandra Storm -- Red-headed riot -- Roxie -- Variety girls -- Dance of desire -- Dance of the doves -- Georgia Southern -- Yvonne Marthay -- Hot number -- Fighten femmes of France. Presents 25 film shorts gleaned from 80 years of vintage erotica of yesteryear featuring nude strippers, burlesque dancers, and stag party crashers. DVD 9761

What Do People Do Downtown?
A few examples of downtown areas (Main Street) are examined, and suggestions are offered to reestablish the downtown area once again as the center of activity. c1985. 25 min. Video/C 1457

What Would Jesus Buy?
Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Follows Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir (a changing group of volunteers) as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse. 2007. 91 min. DVD X2470

Wigstock, The Movie.
An up close and behind the scenes look at the annual transvestite rock n' roll mega-gathering known as Wigstock. Performer: RuPaul, The Lady Bunny, Lypsinka, Deee-Lite, Crystal Waters, John Kelly, Alexis Arquette, Jackie Beat. 1995. 82 min. Video/C 4173

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North America

Always for Pleasure.
A film by Les Blank. Part 1 captures the music, food, and street celebrations that typify New Orleans. Part 2 focuses on the annual revival of Black Indian social and cultural traditions, featuring Wild Tchoupitoulas and other Black Indian tribes as they prepare for and celebrate Mardi Gras. 58 min. Video/C 1830

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Ave Maria: The Story of the Fisherman's Feast
Held each year in Boston's Italian-American north end, the Feast of the Madonna del Soccoroso (also known as the Fisherman's Feast) is one of the most striking examples of the preservation of Old World cultural traditions. The feast culminates in the "angel ceremony," in which a young girl dressed as an angel "flies" by means of a pulley system three stories over the crowd below. 1986. 24 min. Video/C 8597

The Blinking Madonna & Other Miracles.
Producer/director/writer, Beth Harrington. After recording an Italian-American religious festival in Boston's North End with her camcorder, Beth Harrington's neighbors tell her they see a miracle on the videotape: a statue of the Virgin Mary blinking its eyes. To her amazement, and in spite of her lapsed religious beliefs, she must admit that her life has been transformed by the event. And when the press gets ahold of the story what ensues is an amusing look at what it means to believe and to belong. 1997. 57 min. Video/C 5041

Description of the video from New Day Films catalog

Martin, James. The Blinking Madonna and Other Miracles. (movie reviews) America v176, n21 (June 21, 1997):23.
Garofalo, Denise A. "The Blinking Madonna and Other Miracles." (video recording reviews) Library Journal v122, n9 (May 15, 1997):115 (2 pages).
James, Caryn. "The Blinking Madonna and Other Miracles." (video recording reviews) New York Times v146 (Mon, May 12, 1997):B2(N), C14(L), col 2, 7 col in.

Burning Man Beyond Black Rock, An Authorized Documentary
Featuring: Larry Harvey, David Best, Marian Goodell, Will Roger, Harley Dubois, Danger Ranger, Crimson Rose. For seven days and nights, Black Rock City in Nevada stands as a community free of commerce, bound by a social contract of tolerance and cooperation, dedicated to art and self-expression. Then it disappears without a trace. The filmmakers spent 18 months with the founders, organizers, artists and participants to document the full complexity and diversity of the Burning Man community ... and their plans to bring its unique culture to the rest of the world. Special features: Over 2 hours of deleted scenes; extended interviews with the cast; outtakes; bonus 16-minute short film "Preacher with an unknown God." 2006. 106 min. DVD 6864

The Burning Man Festival [1996]
Burning Man festival (40 min.) -- Burning man: just add couches (50 min.) Commentary: Larry Harvey (director, Burning Man festival), John Law (technical director) Burning man festival: An indepth look at the Festival described as semi-structured anarchy; "a laboratory ... for reinventing civilization." Shows the construction of the 4 story high "Man" with interviews with the director of the festival, technical director and construction forman of "The Man." In "Just add couches" Joe Winston and his friends return to the festival and create the "Couch potato camp." "What this festival really needs is a living room setting, where people can watch TV and drink beer,"....which is harder than it looks with the nearest hardware store 50 miles away. c1997. DVD 6863; vhs Video/C 8366 (Burning Man Fesival only)

Burning Man Festival, 1994.
A stunning visual portrait of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Includes interviews with the creators of various performance art pieces. See a jet-propelled rocket car, a giant shark car, a dragon spouting fire, decorated "art cars", buses and persons. Concludes with the ritual destruction of a 4 story tall Burning Man. One of the most unique cultural events in late 20th century American culture. 48 min. Video/C 4774

By Invitation Only
New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker explores the insular world of the elite, white Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras. Questioning their racial exclusivity, she takes an unprecedented insider's look at the pageantry and asks: what does it mean to be the queen of the masked men? As she examines her own place in an alluring tradition, Snedeker challenges viewers to reflect on the roles we all play in our lives. Producer, director, and writer, Rebecca Snedeker. Dist.: New Day Films. c2006. 57 min. DVD X7179

From the Deep Grapevine
This lively documentary explores the French heritage of southwestern Louisiana: the language, traditions, art, food and above all, the music of the Cajun and Creole peoples in this region known as Acadiana. Featured in the film is the Festival International de Louisianne, a six-day celebration of the area's francophonic roots and cultural influences. Directed by Amy Kalafa and Alex Gunuey. c1993. 58 min. Video/C MM733

Girls in White Dresses
This documentary follows the debutante season of six middle-class African-American young women in Oxnard, California. The film explores the history of the debutante tradition in the African-American community and whether it is still a valid "rite of passage" for young women today. Directed by Ronisa Wilkins Shoate. c2009. 27 min. DVD X4989

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Hello Columbus.
This delightful look at the Italian-American Columbus Day celebration in San Francisco features that inimitable man-on-the-street reporter, Mal Sharpe. He leads the viewer through highlights of the celebration and enlivens the proceedings by posing a variety of offbeat and thorny questions to participants and bystanders alike. 1987. 27 min. Video/C MM847

The Moveable Feast
Every August in Boston's North End, a group of Italian-Americans celebrate the Feast of the Madonna del Soccoroso, also known as the Fisherman's Feast. This is a tradition originating in Sicily and practiced for over 80 years in the United States. This documentary is about a group of descendants who went to Sciacca, Sicily to experience the feast.1992. 29 min. Video/C 8598

My Town (Mio Paese)
Shows immigrants from Palermiti, Italy, in their Massachusettes communities ; shows the enduring links of customs between the two groups of Palermitesi ; shows the patron saint's feast day of La Festa della Madonna della Luce (The Feast of the Madonna of Light). Written, produced and directed by Katherine Gulla. 1992. 26 min. Video/C 8598/

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The Order of Myths
The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city's two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic pageantry, diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormous paper mache floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines. Directed by Margaret Brown ; produced by Margaret Brown, Sara Alize Cross. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2008. 77 min. DVD X356

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Presents music, dances, entertainments and dramas performed during the Renaissance Pleasure Faire festival in Novato, California in 1984. Producer, director, narrator, Hugh Richmond. 1984. Video/C 6213 g

Release Me O' Lord: Black Indian Mardi Gras
It's Mardi Gras morning in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Black Indian tribes are dancing and singing their way through neighborhood streets. The performace features elaborate costumes, dance and verbal battles as the Black Indian tribes of New Orleans perform dances, music and songs to symbolically triumph over oppression, as their Maroon ancestors actually did over the evil institution of slavery. Written and produced by Teri S. Massoth. 1999. 15 min. Video/C 8710

The Trips Festival Movie
Long before there were raves and the Burning Man Festival, there was the Trips Festival. Many point to this wild weekend in San Francisco, in January, 1966, as the beginning of the Sixties. Features footage of the festival with interviews with Trips Festival organizers including Stewart Brand, Ken Kesey and Bill Graham. Original footage from the festival at the Longshoremen's Hall, North Point, San Francisco, January 21-23, 1966. Bonus features (ca. 40 min.): Ben Van Meter's original Trips Festival film ; panel discussion with Bob Weir, Stewart Brand, Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia, Ramon Sender, Roland Jacopetti, Ben Van Meter and Eric Christensen. 60 min. DVD 8842

Beauty Pagents

Beauty in China
These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. To accomplish the "right look," they visit surgeons to have their legs lengthened, their eyes westernized, and their breasts enlarged. Some of the women end up with terrible physical problems as a result. Every week some 16,000 Chinese undergo face surgery. The film includes a beauty contest for "Miss Nip & Tuck," in which all the contestants are women who have had plastic surgery. Many of their families have spent their life savings to pay for this investment in their daughters. Directed by Elodie Pakosz 2005. 29 min. DVD X348

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Cinderella of the Cape Flats(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 2)
Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture. A film by Jane Kennedy. 2004. 58 min. DVD 5264

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La Corona (The Crown)
Covers a beauty pageant that is held annually in the National Women's Penitentiary, the largest women's prison in in Bogota, Colombia. Produced and directed by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega, 40 min. DVD X2108

Miss America
Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest - from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's most popular events - Miss America paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. Using intimate interviews with former contestants, and behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, the film reveals why some women took part in the fledgling event and how the pageant became a battle ground and a barometer for the changing position of women in society. Directed by Lisa Ades. c2002. 102 min. DVD X243

Miss India Georgia.
A film by Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg. This documentary film follows four contestants in the Miss India Georgia pagent and tells the story of their experiences as first generation americans. These young women disclose the complexity of their feelings about growing up in the United States as children of immigrant parents. Produced and directed by Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg. 1997. 56 min. DVD 7297; vhs Video/C 5745

Dave, Shilpa. 'Community Beauty': Transnational Performances and Cultural Citizenship in 'Miss India Georgia'. Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 2001 Sept; 12(3): 335-58.UC users only

Miss Navajo
Reveals the inner beauty of the young women who compete in the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant. Not only must contestants exhibit poise and grace as those in typical pageants, they must also answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving and sheep butchering. The film follows the path of 21-year old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant. Produced & directed by Billy Luther. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2006. 53 min. DVD X363

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Dowell, K. L. "Performing Culture: Beauty, Cultural Knowledge, and Womanhood in 'Miss Navajo'." Transformations v. 20 no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009) p. 131-40 UC users only

Miss Universe 1929
Amateur filmmaker Marci Tänzer began to photograph and film his beautiful cousin Lisl when he moved to Vienna from Szeged in the late 1920s. In 1929 she won the title of Miss Austria and later was voted the first Miss Universe. Her privileged life as a beauty queen and later a rich wife ended with the Nazi takeover of Austria, but the two of them eventually married. 70 min. DVD 9806

Miss Universe in Peru (Miss Universo en el Peru)
In 1982 the Miss Universe Pageant was held in Lima, Peru. This program contrasts the public spectacle of the Miss Universe Pageant, its sponsors' commercial promotions, and its presentation on Peruvian television with the economic and political realities of contemporary Peruvian women. A film by Grupo Chaski. 199-?. 40 min. Video/C MM1209; copy 2 Video/C 4221 (Spanish without English subtitles)

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Up against the Wall Miss America.
A documentary about the disruption of the Miss America pageant of 1968. Guerrilla theater, protest songs, and interviews stress the misuse of women as mindless sexual objects. Footage includes attorney/activist Flo Kennedy. Originally produced in 1968. 6 min. Video/C MM391

Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean

Banderani
Documents an important festival among the Quechua Indians in the Bolivian Andes. Captures the music, dancing, and drinking associated with the festivities and shows an unusual slingshot game in which both men and women participate. Produced and directed by Jeanine Moret. 1987. 28 min. Video/C MM592

Black Music of Brazil.
Street tour of Brazil including visits to ghettos of Rio, Samba schools preparing for Carnival and the African-rooted Bahia region. Includes interview with superstar Gilberto Gil, probing the political impact of his music, and performancesand conversation with other Brazilian performers. Finally there's The Capoeira dancers, performers of a unique martial arts dance which originated in Angola. Film surveys many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. 1990. 50 min. DVD 537; also VHS Video/C 3260

Caribbean Eye: Community Celebrations: Other Caribbean Festivals
This program takes a look at the various folk festivals (other than carnivals) throughout the Caribbean area which help create and sustain a sense of community in a region with a culturally diverse population: the Hindu festival of Phagwa in Trinidad and Guyana; the La Rose and La Marguerite flower festivals in St. Lucia; the Johnkunnoo of Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas; Masquerade in Guyana and St. Kitts and the Hosein festivals of Trinidad and Jamaica. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 9805

Caribbean Eye: Caribbean Carnivals.
This program shows the Trinidad Carnival and then visits carnivals in Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and Martinique, looking at their unique forms and examining their shared role which is essentially the liberation of the spirit. 1991. 26 min. DVD 9813; also on VHS Video/C 9813

Carnaval: Adios a la Carne.
Presents a documentary concerning a religious festival held by the people of Humahuaca, Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 27 min. Video/C MM526

Carnaval de Pueblo: Town Carnival
In Andalusia, Spain, carnival time is big. This film provides a glimpse into the lives of the people, their homes and their families. Carnival is a time of dressing up and coming together. The men write and sing songs about local affairs and social criticism regarding national events. Directed, photographed and edited by Jerome R. Mintz.

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Carnival in Q'eros
Shows the remarkable carnival celebrations of a remote community of Quechusa Indians high in the Peruvian Andes. The Q'eros play flutes and sing to their alpacas in a ritual to promote the animals' fertility. The film shows how the music evolves from individual, to family, to ayllu, to community, a structure of spiritual activity distinct from the structure of kinship. The Q'eros sing and play separately from each other, producing a heterophonic sound without rhythmic beat, harmony, or counterpoint -- a "chaotic" sound texture that exemplifies a key connection between the culture of the Andes and that of the Amazon jungle. Directed by Juan Nunez del Prado and John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1991. 32 min. DVD 7844

Carnaval in Salvador Da Bahia.
An anthropological journey to Brazil to study Carnaval. 1983. DVD 7420; vhs Video/C 2297

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Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia.
Examines one of the largest popular celebrations in the world, the week-long Carnaval that brings more than two million people to the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Showcasing the unique cultural richness of Bahia, the film captures this unique cultural energy through footage of musical performances, dances, religious manifestations, and street celebrations. Throughout, the meaning of the carnival is interpreted and explained by performers, noted Brazilian artists and academics. c2001. 48 min. DVD 5946

Hail Umbanda (Salve a Umbanda).
A documentary about Umbanda, Brazil's fastest-growing religion. Centers on the cult's pageantry and public festivals as well as its more esoteric, exotic, and rarely-seen ceremonies. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Fortazela, this film includes commentary by numerous authorities and practitioners, and it places Umbanda in the context of Brazil's turbulent history and its cultural and racial melting pot. 1988. 46 min Video/C 4361

Kings for a Day.
A portrait of Carnival in Rio, "the greatest show on earth." Profiles a 3000-strong Carnival team in feathers and sequins and follows two rivals from the shanties of a favela as well as a white entreprenuer from the boutiques of Ipanema from their pre-Carnival preparations through the festival and parade. 1987. 60 min. Video/C 9948

Mas Fever: Inside Trinidad Carnival.
Each year just before Lent, the people of Trinidad and Tobago pay homage to life in a spectacular display of West Indian culture and creativity. Preparations begin early in the season and reach a frantic pace on the eve of Carnival. Mas Fever goes behind the scenes for an insider's look at the people and events of this lavish festival. c1989. 55 min. Video/C 6183

The Music of the Devil, The Music of the Bear, The Music of the Condor
Film visits the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time. The mythology of the powerful Inca gods is explained, as well as their influence in the daily lives of the Aymara. 1989. 54 min. Video/C 4366

On Wings of Faith (En Alas de la Fe)
A visit to two festivals held in the North Sierra of Puebla, Mexico; one to honor Saint Michael the Archangel in the town of San Miguel Tzinacapan; the other for Saint Francis of Assisi in Cuetzalan. Mexican and mesoamerican dancers celebrate their oral traditions, magical medicine, petition for favors and give thanks to their patron saints through the medium of dance. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 4420

La Reina del Barrio (The Queen of the Barrio).
During the 40 days of Carnival in Montevideo, Uruguay, groups called "murgas," of 18 t0 20 men perform in open-air stages throughout the barros of the city. Before the end of the Carnival, murgas from different barrios compete in a major theater. Their shows, which combine song, drama, and comedy, satirize the main events of the year and are critical of Uruguayan politics and culture. c2001. 32 min. Video/C MM695

Sacred Games: Ritual Warfare in a Maya Village.
Presents how the Maya people see the world and how their symbolic world is renewed in the annual carnival celebrations. 1988. 59 min. Video/C 2426

Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady Aparecida)
In the Portuguese village of Senhora Aparecida, the annual festival is being prepared. The biers that reach fifteen meters high and which are carried by 70 men are being erected and decorated. The penitents order the coffins that will carry them, in a procession to the chapel as is the secular tradition. But a new priest has his own ideas about how religion should be practiced in the town and wants to put an end to the coffins procession. 1994. 55 min. Video/C 9726

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Transnational Fiesta, 1992
The film documents the multicultural and transnational experiences of Quispes, a family of Peruvian Andean immigrants living in Washington D.C., who return to their hometown, Cabanaconde, to sponsor the annual patron saint fiesta. The North American members of this extended family, as well as other migrants from the community living in Washington, also participate in the Virgin of Carmen celebration, where the complexities of cultural production, religious syncretism, inter-ethnic marriages, migration, and racism all converge. The story follows the migrants back to their "new world" (Washington D.C.) where they constantly "discover" and reinvent their plural identities in their daily lives as nannies, janitors, college students, and other occupations, and in the special events sponsored by the 300 plus members of the Cabanaconde City Association. c1992. 60 min. Video/C 8324

Europe

Carnival in Switzerland: A World Turned Upside Down: Festivities From Four Different Towns
Features four old-time Carnival celebrations from different towns in Switzerland: Carnival Sunday in Evolčne with its huge masked figures swathed in burlap and straw who harass passers-by, Kriens with its male celebrants dressed in traditional female costume, Liestal with its firewagons and firebroom parade, and Luzern with its teams of costumed figures in a street parade. Directed, photographed and edited by Albert Gasser. 54 min. Video/C MM883

Processione: a Sicilian Easter
The annual "Procession of the Mysteries" in Trapani, Sicily, is a 400-year-old ritual procession that begins on Good Friday and continues for 24 hours. In the procession, townsmen carry one-ton statues depicting the Stations of the Cross through old Trapani. The last statue in the procession is that of the Madonna, who "searches" for her lost son, Christ, until she "returns" to the village church on Holy Saturday. It explores the psychology of ritual--the reasons why a community has for centuries staged a religious celebration as a public theater of grief and communally shared mourning. 28 min. Video/C 8681

Sanjoaninas na Terceira.
A visit to the celebration of the Festas Sanjoaninas held on the island of Terceira in the Azores. This festival of Portuguese songs, dances, storytelling and bullfights celebrates the religious and cultural heritage of the residents of the Azores. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4381

The Venice Gondola Pageant
Presents the Regata Storica, a great water pageant in Venice, Italy, featuring standing oarsmen in period costume re-enacting the pirate raid. The races and parades of crafts in addition to concerts and exhibitions add to a grand spectacle. 1986. 30 min. Video/C 8629

We Have No War-Songs: Gypsies: the Professional Amateurs of Life.
Since their appearance in Europe first recorded in the 14th century, the Gypsies have always struggled for the freedom to live their own lives in their own way. They have been persecuted, tortured, expelled and killed, and yet remain unique as the only nation of people that have never written or sung war songs. Filmed at the seven day gathering of thousands of Gypsies from all over the World in Saintes Maires de-la Mer in the South of France, this film celebrates the unique nature of the Gypsy people and poses questions of tolerance and individuality in today's increasingly materialistic and nationalistic world. A documentary by Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netzc1995. 53 min. Video/C 6338

Asia

Festival of Nine Emperors of God
Documentary on the Nine Emperors Festival which is celebrated yearly by the Malaysian Taoism community. The festival celebrates the memory of the death of nine Ming emperors and has become one of the unique cultural events among the Malaysian Chinese. The Nine Emperors Gods Festival is celebrated in the ninth Chinese lunar month starting from day one to day nine. 2006? 28 min. DVD 8524

Matsuri: A Tribute to Eight Million Japanese Gods
Examines the Japanese matsuri or 'summer festival,' perhaps the best elucidation of that country's ancient polytheism. Ceremony footage from Tokyo and surrounding areas illustrates various festival activities and explores the Japanese cultural emphasis on community, cooperation, and folk worship. 2005. 21 min. DVD 5409

Nat Pwe: Burma's Carnival of Spirit Soul.
Filmed at Nat Pwe in Taungbyon, August 2002. Portrays the annual festival in Taungbyon, Burma, which combines conservative tradition with free-spirited music, dance and ecstatic spirit possession. It features the Pwe ceremony to appease ghost spirits called Nats, who are summoned by the flamboyant Kadaw, or master of the Pwe. Filmed by Richard Bishop; produced by Alan Bishop. c2003. 85 min. DVD 4087

Yumi Yet: Papua New Guinea Gets Independence
Documents Independence Day of Papua New Guinea on September 16, 1975, comparing the pageantry of local celebrations with the official ceremony in the capital. Also provides historical background about the area's 19th century colonization by Holland, Germany, and Great Britain. A film by Dennis O'Rourke 1987. 54 min. Video/C MM263

Fairs and Other Public Amusements

General and Misc. | Disneyland | 1893 Chicago | 1904 St. Louis | Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (1915 San Francisco) | 1933-34 Chicago | 1939-1940 San Francisco | 1939-1940 New York | 1962 Chicago | 1962 Seattle | 1964-65 New York | Belgian World Fairs

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A Century of Amusement Parks
Presents a nostalgic look at American amusement parks of the past featuring the history, rides and entertainments of many lost attractions. Also includes a tribute to Disneyland and a segment on the history of the World's Fair and its influence on modern theme parks. Contents: Tribute to Disneyland -- Remembering Freedomland -- Remembering Cypress Gardens -- Tribute to Coney Island -- Remembering Boardwalk and Baseball -- The Worlds Fair. c2009. 72 min. DVD X2826

Circus Freaks and Sideshows
Documentary examining the history of exhibiting human curiosities, from its origins in 1840s American Dime Museums to Amusement Park side-shows and circus spectacles of the sideshow, from P.T. Barnum's American Museum which featured every variety of human oddity to the last remaining sideshows at Coney Island. Looks at the exploitation of deformed/disfigured individuals vs. entertainment value and public demand. Includes commentary by historians with archival footage. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television series "History's mysteries" on the History Channel in 2000. 44 min. DVD 6857

City of the Dead and The World Exhibitions (Lettres du caire)
Examines the definition of civilization in Islamic countries and the various influences and perceptions of their culture by European nations and the Americas with particular focus on the City of the dead in Cairo and the "exhibition" of foreign peoples at world's fairs. A film by Julian Samuel. 1995. 91 min. DVD 7403 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5281

Come to the Fairs (Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers).
A survey of America's World Fairs beginning with the first one held in Chicago in 1893. Discusses how fairs have changed in recent years. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 828

The Couple in the Cage: a Guatinaui Odyssey
Directed and produced by Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia; Performers: Guillermo Gomez-Penña, Coco Fusco. Color sequences of the display in various museums of performance artists portraying an aboriginal couple from Gautinau (a fictional island off the coast of Mexico) are contrasted with archival footage and still photographs showing various occasions when indigenous persons were put on public display at circuses, sideshows and the like. Emphasis is placed on the response of the people viewing the Gautinaui couple. c1993. 31 min. DVD 6865; vhs Video/C 4785

A Fair to Remember
A cultural excursion through an American county fair, the Broward County Fair in Dade County, Florida. Includes interviews with fair personnel, daredevil entertainers, visitors to the fair, a children's beauty contest, animal exhibitions and races, rides, entertainments and fun. 1995. 27 min. Video/C 5835

On Cannibalism
King Kong meets the family photograph in this provocatively ironic video which explores the West's insatiable appetite for native bodies in museums, world's fairs and early films. A personal narrative about race and identity by an Indonesian-American videographer of Batak- Palembang descent. 1994. 6 min. DVD X6944; Video/C 9723

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Savage Acts.
Using political cartoons, animations, documentary film and excerpts from diaries, examines American imperialism, expansionist policies and wars at the beginning of the 20th century. Special focus on the American annexation of the Philippine Islands and racial attitudes portrayed in the World's Fairs of 1893, 1901 and 1904. 1995. 30 min. DVD X2337; vhs Video/C 4129

SideShow: Alive on the Inside
A documentary about the disappearing world of the travelling sideshow. Weaves together archival footage, personal scrapbooks, and interviews with the performers to present the human side behind the performers' unusual acts and reveals what life was like inside and outside of the sideshows. Includes footage of some of the strangest attractions including entertainers with unusual deformities and some of the bizarre traditions in this unique world. 1996 TLC documentary. 104 min. DVD 6858

A Time to Reflect: The History of Whalom Park
Presents an in-depth look into a disappearing piece of Americana, the classic amusement park. This film chronicles the rise and fall of Whalom and covers over 100 years of the park’s history. Like so many other small amusement parks at the turn of the century, Whalom began as a weekend destination for streetcar riders. Quickly, the park developed into a recreational gathering place with an abundance of rides, food vendors and first-rate entertainment. Sadly, with the combination of poor management and the emergence of big theme parks, Whalom Park would begin to decline and eventually close in the fall of 2000. 35 min. DVD X2295

World's Fair & Exposition Films
Documentary films of various world fairs and expositions featuring the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939), the Chicago World's Fair (1962), the World Expo in Montreal, Canada (1967), the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and the Opening of Treasure Island, among others. Universal newsreel, March 17th 1958 (1 min.) -- Golden Gate International Exposition (1939, 3 films: 8 min, 10 min., 10 min.) -- Century 21 calling (1962 Seattle World's Fair) (14 min.) -- Century of Progress: International Exposition, Chicago (1933, 13 min.) -- Chicago World's Fair (1933, 13 min.) -- Dead Fair (Golden Gate Exposition, 1940) (1 min.) -- Universal newsreel, May 2nd 1967: Expo 67 "Monument to Man" (Canada, 2 min.) -- Farewell to Treasure Island (1940, 3 min.) -- Frisco Fair/Pacific Northwest (1939, 18 min.) -- Golden Gate Bridge (1939, 11 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 2 films: 5 min, 8 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (Revisited), (1940s, 11 min.) -- San Francisco World's Fair (1939, 10 min.) -- Story of Jewel City (1915, 9 min.) -- Treasure Island (1939, 10 min.) DVD 5828

Coney Island

Coney Island.
Weaving rare archival photographs and dazzling newsreel footage with on-screen interviews this documentary discusses the history and significance of Coney Island from the mid 1800's to the late 1900's and its three great amusement parks, Steeplechase Park, Luna Park, and Dreamland. Directed by Ric Burns. 1991. 68 min. DVD 5613; vhs Video/C 6834

Meet Me Down at Coney Isle.
Produced by Fox Magic Carpet of Movietone. 1932. DVD 9633; also DVD 9450

Tribute to Coney Island (A Century of Amusement Parks)
Presents a nostalgic look at American amusement parks of the past featuring the history, rides and entertainments of many lost attractions. Also includes a tribute to Disneyland and a segment on the history of the World's Fair and its influence on modern theme parks. Contents: Tribute to Disneyland -- Remembering Freedomland -- Remembering Cypress Gardens -- Tribute to Coney Island -- Remembering Boardwalk and Baseball -- The Worlds Fair. c2009. 72 min. DVD X2826

Disneyland

Disney Parks

Disc 1: Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes
Walt Disney World is the world's happiest place, and there's no negativity allowed. Magic Kingdom gets the most time here, and deservedly so, since this is what many people think of when they think Disney World--Cinderella's Castle that anchors the center of a wheel/hub design that includes Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. But there are sections on Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios as well. 2010. 52 min. DVD X3700

Disney Parks. Disc 2: Walt Disney Resort: Behind the Scenes
The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is the first in the family of Disney Parks that now span the entire globe. Despite its relatively small footprint, Disneyland Resort boasts an incredible variety of attractions, entertainment, and experiences. Your journey starts on Main Street and takes you on classic attractions like The Matterhorn Bobsleds, It's a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Then take an exclusive look into the future of Disney Parks with a sneak peek at Disney's California Adventure. 2010. 55 min. DVD X3701

Disney Parks. Disc 3: Ultimate Walt Disney World
This program showcases the top thrill attractions at Walt Disney World including the tallest, longest, wettest, and fastest theme park rides. From the Tower of Terror and Mission Space to Expedition Everest and Toy Story Mania, we have the ultimate Walt Disney World covered. 2010. 57 min. DVD X3702

Disney Parks. Disc 4: Disney's Animal Kingdom
Explores the process of designing and creating Disney's Animal Kingdom with incredible behind-the-scenes footage of the park's creation. It reveals the unique ways that Disney incorporated live animals into the attractions in very close proximity to the guests, seemingly without any barriers. Uncovers the great lengths Disney went to in order to create authentic animal habitats that allow visitors to experience an African safari or an Asian jungle trek. Also presents an up-close view at how Disney cares for the health of each of the animals. 2010. 42 min. DVD X3703

Disney Parks. Disc 5: Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line reveals the latest chapter in the evolution of these amazing ships, highlighting new venues, new entertainment, new activities, and new accommodations that guests will find when they board Disney's regal ocean liners. 2010. 52 min. DVD X3704

Disney Parks. Disc 6: Undiscovered Disney Parks
The world-class attractions and top-level resorts at both Walt Disney World (Florida) and Disneyland (California) are familiar to millions around the world. But there is a hidden side to Disney Parks that many don't know about. A side that is undiscovered. Until now, that is. Presents a unique guide to Disney sites “off the beaten path” including properties and locations in Anaheim frequented by Walt Disney himself. 2010. 50 min. DVD X3705

The Disneyland Anthology
The Disneyland story (10/27/54) -- A Day in the life of Donald Duck (2/1/56) -- Along the Oregon trail (11/14/56) -- The Crisler story/Prowlers of the Everglades (2/17/57) -- Adventures in fantasy (11/6/57) -- Mars and beyond (12/4/57) Disneyland story: At the Disney Studios, Walt Disney gives a sneak peek of a model of then-under-construction Disneyland Park. Day in the life of Donald Duck: With a little help from Walt Disney, Jimmie Dodd and the Mouseketeers, go behind the scenes for a look at one adventurous day for Donald Duck. Along the Oregon Trail: A dramatization of life as it was 100 years ago with Fess Parker and Sebastian Cabot presenting the action. The Crisler Story/Prowlers of the Everglades: Travel with Herb and Lois Crisler in Alaska as they film the feature White Wilderness and then travel south to visit an alligator swamp. Adventures in fantasy: A journey into animation which reveals how ordinary things can be transformed into "living" characters. Mars and Beyond: Investigates and predicts in 1957 what man might find if he were to land on Mars. 315 min. DVD 9953 [preservation copy]

Disneyland USA
Disc 1. The Disneyland story -- Dateline Disneyland. -- Disc 2. Disneyland after dark -- Disneyland tenth anniversary show. Take a look back at the origins of the Disneyland Park, beginning with the very first episode of the Disneyland TV series, as Walt Disney leads a tour of the studio and lifts the curtain on a model of the under-construction Disneyland Park. Relive the magic with hosts Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan at the live opening day celebration and follow Walt as he takes viewers on a tour of Disneyland when the lights go off. Entertainment includes Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis, Jr., Fess Parker, Annette Funicello, the Osmond Brothers and many more Disney legends. 228 min. DVD 945

The Monsanto House of the Future
Straight from 1957 a very rare film on the fantastic Monsanto House of the future located in Tomorrowland in Disneyland! The film was produced by Monsanto Chemical Company, a manufacturer of plastics and contains the full story of the Monsanto house with a walk through the house and a description of the life of a typical "future family." Focus is on the many uses of plastics throughout the house. Originally produced in 1957 by Monsanto Chemical Company. 12 min. DVD 9409

Tribute to Disneyland (A Century of Amusement Parks)
Presents a nostalgic look at American amusement parks of the past featuring the history, rides and entertainments of many lost attractions. Also includes a tribute to Disneyland and a segment on the history of the World's Fair and its influence on modern theme parks. Contents: Tribute to Disneyland -- Remembering Freedomland -- Remembering Cypress Gardens -- Tribute to Coney Island -- Remembering Boardwalk and Baseball -- The Worlds Fair. c2009. 72 min. DVD X2826

Your Host, Walt Disney: TV Memories, 1956-1965
Disc 1: (1956) Where do stories come from? (1956) -- Fourth anniversary show (1957) -- Kodak presents Disneyland '59 (1959) -- Galleries -- My Dad, Walt Disney. -- Disc 2: Backstage party (1961) -- Disneyland tenth anniversary show (1965) -- I captured the king of the Leprechauns -- Disneyland USA at Radio City Music Hall -- Working with Walt. Host, Walt Disney ; film introductions, Leonard Maltin. Celebrate Walt Disney with this look back at several of the most memorable hours from his groundbreaking television shows. Join Walt as he celebrates the rededication of Disneyland with a parade of celebrities and guest stars; the fourth anniversary of his weekly show featuring a surprise party arranged by the Mouseketeers; and a tenth anniversary program showcasing some of his talented imagineers at work. And in a rare interview, Diane Disney Miller shares warm and personal memmories of growing up with her famous dad. DVD 7468

1893 Chicago World's Fair (World's Columbian Exposition)

World Columbian Exposition: Ideas, Experience, Aftermath

Expo: Magic of the White City
Narrated by Gene Wilder, this documentary brings the Chicago World's Fair to life. Experience the world of 1893 through a cinematic visit to Chicago's Columbian Exposition where viewers are immersed in one of the world's biggest extravaganzas. Besides the latest achievements in science and technology before the turn of the century fairgoers also enjoyed camel riding and guilty pleasures like belly dancing, street fighting and beer drinking. Special features: Feature-length commentary track with World's fair historian, David Cope; featurettes: Making the Fair -- Art of the Fair -- Pictures of the Fair -- Storyboards of the Fair ; commentary tracks on special features by director, Mark Bussler and writer, Brian Connelly ; deleted scenes ; theatrical trailers for Gettysburg and stories of valor, Johnstown flood, horses of Gettysburg, winters of war, shot to pieces and Civil War minutes - Confederate. 2005. 116 min. DVD 4413

1904 St. Louis World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase International Exposition)

Missouri Historical Society website

Bontoc Eulogy
A personal and poignant docu-drama that examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's fair. The film focuses on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological 'specimens' in the Philippine village exhibit. A unique fusion of rare archival images, verite, and carefully orchestrated visual sequences shot in the present, the film is an innovative investigation of history, memory and the spectacle of the "other" in the turn-of-the-century America. A film by Marlon Fuentes. Dist. Cinema Guild. 56 min. DVD 8781; vhs Video/C 4168 (also as a second feature on Video/C 4393).
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H-Net Review Project
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Fuentes, Marlon. "Extracts from an Imaginary Interview: Questions and Answers about Bontoc Eulogy." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)
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Knaller, Susanne. "Scattered Voices. Some Remarks on a Narrative Theory of Postcolonial Storytelling.(Critical Essay)." The Germanic Review 74.2 (Spring 1999): 99.UC users only
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Ota Benga: A Pygmy in America
This documentary relates one of the saddest episodes in the history of American racism when a pygmy, Ota Benga, was taken from the Congo in 1904 and subsequently exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair and the Bronx Zoo. Features archival film and animation, and one sequence filmed in color in 1999. c2002. 17 min. Video/C 9316

Savage Acts.
American Social History Productions. Using political cartoons, animations, documentary film and excerpts from diaries, examines American imperialism, expansionist policies and wars at the beginning of the 20th century. Special focus on the American annexation of the Philippine Islands and racial attitudes portrayed in the World's Fairs of 1893, 1901 and 1904. 1995. 30 min. DVD X2337; vhs Video/C 4129

A World on Display: The St. Louis World's Fair of 1904.
Uses first-person accounts of elderly Missourians who went to the Fair, interviews with historians, archival motion pictures, and photographs to situate the St. Louis Fair in the social, political, and cultural context of American society at the turn of the century. The Fair's organizers also brought more than 2,000 indigenous peoples to St. Louis to live in supposedly authentic villages, illustrating the social Darwinism of the time. c1994. 53 min. Video/C 4181

The World's Greatest Fair
Documentary on the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis, where 12 million visitors on a 1200-acre site, marveled at scientific inventions such as the motion picture, tape recorder, and telephone and cultural exhibits of villages literally transplanted from around the globe; and enjoyed a mile-long carnival midway which boasted the first, and to this day, the largest Ferris Wheel. In addition, the St. Louis Fair was host to the 1904 Olympics, the first held in the United States. Includes extensive archival images and interviews with famous St. Louis natives like Ozzie Smith, Stan Musial, Joe Buck and mayor Francis Slay. Produced and directed by Scott Huegerich and Bob Miano. c2004. 119. DVD 6025

1915 San Francisco World's Fair (Panama-Pacific International Exposition)

Panama-Pacific Exposition website
PPIE via Virtual Museum of San Francisco
PPIE via The Museum of American Heritage

Historic San Francisco Worlds Fair, 1915.
Films packed with footage from the Worlds Fair, San Francisco 1915, including architecture, music, dancing, aerials, parades, speeches, water works, night footage, an early airplane flight, a hot air balloon ride and landing, and more. Contents: Panama Pacific International Exhibition footage (1915, 5 min.) -- Panama Pacific International Exhibition footage (1915, 8 min.) -- The story of Jewel City (1915, 9 min.) -- Panama Pacific International Exhibition footage (1915, 10 min.) -- San Francisco Worlds Fair (1915, 10 min.) DVD 8291

Historical World Fairs. San Francisco.
Amazingly, just nine years after the devastating earthquake of 1906, San Francisco staged the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal. The city went on to host another fair in 1939, the Golden Gate International Exposition, this time to celebrate the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge. Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 13 min.) -- Opening of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 9 min.) -- Golden Gate Bridge (amateur film, 1939, 30 min.) -- Dead fair / produced by Telenews (1940, 2 min.) -- Farewell to Treasure Island / produced by Ken Allen (1940, 3 min.) -- Story of Jewel City [1906 earthquake] / produced by Exposition Players Corporation (1915, 9 min.) -- Treasure Island / produced by Arthur E. Howard (1939, 10 min.) -- Frisco Fair/Pacific Northwest (amateur film, 1939, 17 min.) -- California: Golden Gate International Exposition (1939, 8 min.) -- Panama Pacific International Exposition / produced by Frank W. Vail (1940, 10 min.) 119 min. DVD 4844

The Innocent Fair: A Nostalgic Visit to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915.
Television documentary of the San Francisco 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Includes rare film and photographic images of the people, exhibits, and activities of the fair. Conveys the mood and art nouveau quality of San Francisco in 1915. Also includes excerpts from the film Story of Jewel City, and, at end, a feature by General Electric Company showing new electric home appliances, as well as musical selections from 1915.

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Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco(1915)
Cast: Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle; writer and producer: Mack Sennett. Keystone Film Company. "Frequent comedy co-stars Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand take viewers on a tour of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Attractions shown include the U.S. Battleship "Oregon", the Australian convict ship "Success" (complete with such punishment devices as a flogging rack and a spiked Iron Maiden), the world's tallest flagpole (251 feet), the Court of Abundance, the Court of the Universe (with sunken garden) and the Tower of Jewels. Fatty and Mabel also visit Frisco's still-under-construction City Hall, accompanied by Frisco's then-Mayor James Rolph Jr. Also appearing in the film is opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink." [IMDB]
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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: Cycling to the Fair
silent footage of a mass bike ride in Golden Gate Park in 1915 which was headed to the Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exposition.

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: Dignitaries and Ceremonies at the Fair.

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: Images of the 1915 San Francisco World's fair.

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: Opening of the Fair

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: Panoramic View of the PPIE
Panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: Revisitation of the 1915 San Francisco Exposition
With added narration that focuses on nostalgia and memory. With excellent footage of many aspects of the Fair, beginning with groundbreaking on February 25, 1911.

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition: The Story of Jewel City
Fantasy film produced for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Directed by Will Nigh. Exposition Players Corp., 1915

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Panama Pacific Fair: 1915
Celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal the year before, the Panama Pacific International Exposition opened in San Francisco on February 20, 1915. Covering 635 acres, it ran for nine and a half months. This documentary tells its story along with footage of other world's fairs, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and a short film made to publicize the 1915 fair. 28 min. DVD X2816; Video/C 4750

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World's Fair & Exposition Films
Documentary films of various world fairs and expositions featuring the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939), the Chicago World's Fair (1962), the World Expo in Montreal, Canada (1967), the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and the Opening of Treasure Island, among others. Universal newsreel, March 17th 1958 (1 min.) -- Golden Gate International Exposition (1939, 3 films: 8 min, 10 min., 10 min.) -- Century 21 calling (1962 Seattle World's Fair) (14 min.) -- Century of Progress: International Exposition, Chicago (1933, 13 min.) -- Chicago World's Fair (1933, 13 min.) -- Dead Fair (Golden Gate Exposition, 1940) (1 min.) -- Universal newsreel, May 2nd 1967: Expo 67 "Monument to Man" (Canada, 2 min.) -- Farewell to Treasure Island (1940, 3 min.) -- Frisco Fair/Pacific Northwest (1939, 18 min.) -- Golden Gate Bridge (1939, 11 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 2 films: 5 min, 8 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (Revisited), (1940s, 11 min.) -- San Francisco World's Fair (1939, 10 min.) -- Story of Jewel City (1915, 9 min.) -- Treasure Island (1939, 10 min.) DVD 5828

1933-34 Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress International Exposition)

University of Chicago web site
Films from the Century of Progress Exhibition via the Internet Moving Image Archive

Century of Progress: International Exposition, Chicago
Two films 13 min. each DVD 5828

Chicago World's Fair 1933
Highlights of this reel include an animatronic tyrannosaurus rex, a strange looking Radio Flyer sculpture and a building titled "Infant Incubators - with living babies."

Films from the Century of Progress Exhibition via the Internet Moving Image Archive

Classic Chicago Worlds Fair Films
Century of Progress Exposition Wings of a Century: Great footage from the fair including dinaurs, an escape artist exhibition, architecture, and the hall of science. Chicago World's Fair (1933-34): General scenes from around the fair including a submarine, a temple, aerial views and more. DVD 9234

Historical World Fairs.
Century of progress [Chicago] (1934?, 13 min.) -- Chicago World's fair (amateur film, 1933, 9 min.) -- New York World's Fair (amateur film, 1939, 30 min.) -- Century 21 calling [Seattle] / produced by Telenews (1940, 2 min.) Presents the tale of three cities -- Chicago, New York and Seattle through the historical world's fairs these cities hosted. 61 min. DVD 4843

Films from the Century of Progress Exhibition via the Internet Moving Image Archive

World's Fair Archival Video.
Ford and a century of progress provides a full overview of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair, including the Sky Ride, Enchanted Isle, Tunisian Village, Wings of a Century pageant, Ford Exposition, the Rotunda, historic cars, Avenue of Flags, World's Biggest Thermometer, G.M. and Chrysler pavillions, Midget City, and the Federal Building. 1933's focus was a look backward, while 1934 looked forward. Scenes from the New York World's Fair contains scenes of the New York World's Fair of 1940, showing the Trylon and Perisphere, sculpture and fountains, pavillions (U.S. Government, Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, G.M.), the Ford Exposition Building, Walter Dorwin Teague's Garden Court, Albert Kahn's Road of Tomorrow, the "Great White Way" and the amusement section. c1991. 29 min. Video/C 4182

1939-1940 San Francisco World's Fair (Golden Gate International Exposition)

Golden Gate International Exposition web site

1939 Worlds Fair San Francisco Films
(1) Dead Fair (1940, 2 min.) -- (2) Golden Gate International Exposition (1940, 19 min.) -- (3) Farewell To Treasure Island (1940, 3 min.) -- (4) Golden Gate International Exposition (1940, 8 min.) -- (5) Treasure Island (1939, 9 min.) -- (6) Frisco Fair (1940, 17 min.) DVD 9233

The Golden Gate International Exposition, Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay, 1939-1940.
Two silent documentary films exploring the sights of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940. The first film is in black and white, with English subtitles and covers hightlights of the fair. The second untitled newsreel is in color and also examines the sights at the fair closing with spectacular photos of the fair at night illuminated by colored lights. 199?. 38 min. Video/C 4183

Amateur films from the Golden Gate Exhibition via the Internet Moving Image Archive

Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939-1940 World's Fair
Explores the sights of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940. To celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, San Francisco threw a glorious party on the newly constructed Treasure Island, including a wonderland of buildings in the new art deco style. Young Andy Pagano was on hand to film the fair, also dubbed "The Pageant of the Pacific." Alameda, CA: Alameda Museum, 2004. 23 min. DVD 3993

Amateur films from the Golden Gate Exhibition via the Internet Moving Image Archive

Golden Gate International Exposition
3 films: 8 min, 10 min., 10 min. DVD 5828

Historical World Fairs. San Francisco.
Amazingly, just nine years after the devastating earthquake of 1906, San Francisco staged the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal. The city went on to host another fair in 1939, the Golden Gate International Exposition, this time to celebrate the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge. Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 13 min.) -- Opening of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 9 min.) -- Golden Gate Bridge (amateur film, 1939, 30 min.) -- Dead fair / produced by Telenews (1940, 2 min.) -- Farewell to Treasure Island / produced by Ken Allen (1940, 3 min.) -- Story of Jewel City [1906 earthquake] / produced by Exposition Players Corporation (1915, 9 min.) -- Treasure Island / produced by Arthur E. Howard (1939, 10 min.) -- Frisco Fair/Pacific Northwest (amateur film, 1939, 17 min.) -- California: Golden Gate International Exposition (1939, 8 min.) -- Panama Pacific International Exposition / produced by Frank W. Vail (1940, 10 min.) 119 min. DVD 4844

San Francisco World's Fair in 1939
News Parade newsreel footage of the San Francisco World's Fair in 1939, the Golden Gate International Exposition. The fair was intended to celebrate the opening of two bridges, the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge. It was held on Treasure Island.

San Francisco World's Fair Online Video (via Internet Moving Image Archive)

World's Fair & Exposition Films
Documentary films of various world fairs and expositions featuring the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939), the Chicago World's Fair (1962), the World Expo in Montreal, Canada (1967), the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and the Opening of Treasure Island, among others. Universal newsreel, March 17th 1958 (1 min.) -- Golden Gate International Exposition (1939, 3 films: 8 min, 10 min., 10 min.) -- Century 21 calling (1962 Seattle World's Fair) (14 min.) -- Century of Progress: International Exposition, Chicago (1933, 13 min.) -- Chicago World's Fair (1933, 13 min.) -- Dead Fair (Golden Gate Exposition, 1940) (1 min.) -- Universal newsreel, May 2nd 1967: Expo 67 "Monument to Man" (Canada, 2 min.) -- Farewell to Treasure Island (1940, 3 min.) -- Frisco Fair/Pacific Northwest (1939, 18 min.) -- Golden Gate Bridge (1939, 11 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 2 films: 5 min, 8 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (Revisited), (1940s, 11 min.) -- San Francisco World's Fair (1939, 10 min.) -- Story of Jewel City (1915, 9 min.) -- Treasure Island (1939, 10 min.) DVD 5828

1939-1940 New York World's Fair

The Iconography of Hope: The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair

Historic World's Fair Films, New York, 1939-1940.
Extensive high quality amateur films (primarily in color) covering all aspects of the Worlds Fair. Includes footage of Aquacade, Futurama and "Spirit of the Fountain" featuring highlights such as: Aquaboy Johnny Weismuller, Morris Gest Midget Town, Bill Robinson's "big hit," W.P.A Puppeteers, x-rated live models on "magazine covers," plus daylight and torchlight parades, performances, dancing exhibitions, status, murals, flags and gardens and fountains at the fair. Disc 1: World's Fair, August, 1940 (si, col., 4 min.): This film highlights the New York Worlds Fair in August of 1940. It shows the Ford Building, the Electrical Building, the Japanese building, a parade, the City of Light and several other exhibits. New York World's Fair, 1939-40 (1939, si., col.) A 30 minute tour of the World of Tomorrow. To new Horizons (1940, si, 23 min.) This film documents General Motor's contribution to the worlds fair - GMs Futurama exhibit in its Highways and Horizons pavillion. It showcases the wonderful future world of 1960. Closing day of the 1940 N.Y. World's Fair (si., col, 13 min.) Also includes 2 untitled films (si., b&w and col., 37 min.) Discs 2-4: Medicus collection: New York World's Fair, 1939-40 (si. with English intertitles, col., 6 hours): These 3 DVDs explore every facet of the Worlds Fair from the perspective of one of its visitors. Medicus painstakingly documented his entire experience at the fair and produced this wonderful work that spans 6 hours. In that time, he truly captures all the wonder and majesty of the fair. Presents a complete tour of all the exhibits, rides, attractions, primary shows and impromotu street shows that were part of the everyday excitement of this unique fair. DVD 9232

Historical World Fairs. New York.
New York World's Fair (Reel 1) / produced by P. Medicus (1939, 63 min.) -- New York World's Fair (Reel 2) / produced by P. Medicus ( 1939, 52 min.) Reel 1: Shows outdoor stage shows, dancing girls, a strongman, overweight dancers, flappers and Keystone Cops, jugglers, balancing acts, topless women posing as magazine covers and much more. Reel 2: Shows sideshow barkers, Salvador Dali's "Dream of Venus" walk through funhouse, amusement rides, strip shows, parachute drop, wild-west rodeos, bands and many other attractions that made the fair a memorable experience. 120 min. DVD 4829

Historical World Fairs II. New York.
New York World's Fair (Reel 3) / produced by P. Medicus (1939, 54 min.) -- New York World's Fair (Reel 4) / produced by P. Medicus ( 1939, 57 min.) Reel 3: Presents displays at the "World of Tomorrow" fair, focusing on various themes such as the gas and electricity industry, parades, contemporary art, sculpture, musical fountains and puppetry. The footage of Hollywood star Jane Withers' visit to the fair is also included. Reel 4: Takes a pictorial tour of the fair and captures the activities and displays at the Belgian and Russian Pavilions. Also featured is the General Motors "Futurama" ride, which showcased the world, as it was expected to look after twenty years. 116 min. DVD 4830

Historical World Fairs III. New York.
New York World's Fair (Reel 5) / produced by P. Medicus (1939, 51 min.) -- New York World's Fair (Reel 6) / produced by P. Medicus ( 1939, 63 min.) Reel 5: Shows various displays including sections on food, home furnishings, communication, religion and jewels. Clips of the mechanical circus display are also presented along with footage of murals, the cactus garden, the lily pond, and the electric farm with its automatic milking machines. Reel 6: Captures various sidelights at the fair with statues, murals, flags, flowers and fairgoers engaged in a variety of activities. The highlights of the film are the visit of the French Ambassador and the King and Queen of Engand. 123 min. DVD 4831

Historical World Fairs IV. New York.
The world's fair (amateur film, 1939, 5 min.) -- Wathen Collection: New York World's Fair (amateur film, 1939, 28 min.) -- To new horizons / produced by Jam Handy Organization ; sponsored by General Motors Corporation (1940, 14 min) -- Unisphere: the biggest world on Earth / produced by MPO Productions, Inc., ; sponsored by U.S. Steel Co. (1964, 14 min.) -- 1964 New York World's Fair report / John Campbell Films Inc. (1961, 27 min.) -- To the Fair / produced by Association films, Inc. (1965, 26 min.) Presents three films focusing on the 1939-1940 World's Fair which was created to raise the spirits of Americans who were still affected by the Great Depression. Also includes three films focusing on the 1964-1965 World's Fair which was held at a time when the U.S. was riding a wave of optimism. It was an age when Americans were eagerly looking forward to putting a man on the moon, to the promise of the computer age and a nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The Fair was based on two themes: "Man's achievements in an expanding universe" and "A millennium of progress." 122 min. DVD 4832

Amateur films from the NY World's Fair via the Internet Moving Image Archive

The Middleton Family at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Tour the fair and see the robots, "Moto-man" and Elektro". Don't miss the Battle of the Centuries (woman vs. dishwasher), the microvivatium, the junior science laboratories, and the television show. You'll be amazed in the Hall of Power and the Hall of Electrical Living. All this is intertwined with the story of the Middleton family and Babs, who has a boyfriend with Marxist/socialist leanings. c1994. 55 min. Video/C 4799

Middleton Family Online Video (via Internet Moving Image Archive)

New York Worlds Fair, Historic World's Fair Films, New York, 1939-1940
Presents a complete tour of all the exhibits, rides, attractions, primary shows and impromotu street shows that were part of the everyday excitement of this unique fair. Contents: Extensive high quality amateur films (primarily in color) covering all aspects of the Worlds Fair. Includes footage of Aquacade, Futurama and "Spirit of the Fountain" featuring highlights such as: Aquaboy Johnny Weismuller, Morris Gest Midget Town, Bill Robinson's "big hit," W.P.A Puppeteers, x-rated live models on "magazine covers," plus daylight and torchlight parades, performances, dancing exhibitions, status, murals, flags and gardens and fountains at the fair. Disc 1: World's Fair, August, 1940 (si, col., 4 min.): This film highlights the New York Worlds Fair in August of 1940. It shows the Ford Building, the Electrical Building, the Japanese building, a parade, the City of Light and several other exhibits. New York World's Fair, 1939-40 (1939, si., col.) A 30 minute tour of the World of Tomorrow. To new Horizons (1940, si, 23 min.) This film documents General Motor's contribution to the worlds fair - GMs Futurama exhibit in its Highways and Horizons pavillion. It showcases the wonderful future world of 1960. Closing day of the 1940 N.Y. World's Fair (si., col, 13 min.) Also includes 2 untitled films (si., b&w and col., 37 min.) Discs 2-4: Medicus collection: New York World's Fair, 1939-40 (si. with English intertitles, col., 6 hours): These 3 DVDs explore every facet of the Worlds Fair from the perspective of one of its visitors. Medicus painstakingly documented his entire experience at the fair and produced this wonderful work that spans 6 hours. In that time, he truly captures all the wonder and majesty of the fair. DVD 9232

New York World's Fair: The World of Tomorrow, 1939
Presents nine films of sights from the 1939 New York World's Fair. "Leave it to Roll-Oh" features robots doing housework. "To new horizons" features futuristic cars traveling on far-out superhighways from the Futurama exhibit of GM's "Highways and Horizons" pavilion. The remaining films are high quality amateur films (primarily in color) dealing with the goings-on at the fair. Disc 1. Leave it to Roll-oh (1940, b&w, sound, 8 min.) -- To new horizons / producer, Jam Handy ; General Motors film (1940, color, sound, 23 min.) The Medicus collection: reel 1 parts 1 and 2 (1939, color, silent, 43 min.) -- The Wathen collection (1939, color, silent, 28 min.) -- The World's Fair August 1940 (1940, color, silent, 7 min.) -- The world of tomorrow (1939, b&w, silent, 36 min.) -- New York World's Fair (1939, color, silent, 15 min.) -- Disc 2. The Medicus collection: reel 1 part 3, reel 2, reel 3 and reel 4 part 1 (1939, color, silent, 152 min.) -- Disc 3. The Medicus collection: reel 4 part 2, reel 5 and reel 6 (1939, color, silent, 152 min.) DVD 8683

Watch "To New Horizons" online (via the Internet Moving Image Archive)
Watch World of Tomorrow (part 1) online via the Internet Moving Image Archive
Watch World of Tomorrow (part 2) online via the Internet Moving Image Archive

The World of Tomorrow.
Describes the New York World's Fair held in 1939-1940. Shows various exhibits, featuring General Motors Futurama and the Westinghouse exhibit. Describes also the climate of the time, just after the Depression and before World War II. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 2879

Watch World of Tomorrow (part 1) online via the Internet Moving Image Archive
Watch World of Tomorrow (part 2) online via the Internet Moving Image Archive

1962 Chicago World's Fairs

World's Fair & Exposition Films
Documentary films of various world fairs and expositions featuring the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939), the Chicago World's Fair (1962), the World Expo in Montreal, Canada (1967), the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and the Opening of Treasure Island, among others. Universal newsreel, March 17th 1958 (1 min.) -- Golden Gate International Exposition (1939, 3 films: 8 min, 10 min., 10 min.) -- Century 21 calling (1962 Seattle World's Fair) (14 min.) -- Century of Progress: International Exposition, Chicago (1933, 13 min.) -- Chicago World's Fair (1933, 13 min.) -- Dead Fair (Golden Gate Exposition, 1940) (1 min.) -- Universal newsreel, May 2nd 1967: Expo 67 "Monument to Man" (Canada, 2 min.) -- Farewell to Treasure Island (1940, 3 min.) -- Frisco Fair/Pacific Northwest (1939, 18 min.) -- Golden Gate Bridge (1939, 11 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, 2 films: 5 min, 8 min.) -- Panama-Pacific International Exposition (Revisited), (1940s, 11 min.) -- San Francisco World's Fair (1939, 10 min.) -- Story of Jewel City (1915, 9 min.) -- Treasure Island (1939, 10 min.) DVD 5828

1962 Seattle World's Fair

Century 21 Calling

14 min. DVD 5828

1964-65 New York World's Fair

IBM at the Fair (1965)
See Films of Charles Eames

New York Worlds Fair Films, 1964
Historical footage of the Worlds Fair, New York 1964 including construction of the fair, the Unisphere, water works, music, architecture, night aerials, and much more. Contents: (1) Bird's Eye View (1965): Amazing footage of the fair from the sky (1 min.) -- Night Aerials (1963 - 64): Amazing footage of the fair from the sky, but this time at night (1 min.) -- World Fair Report (1964): Follows the construction of the buildings and exhibits of the 64 worlds fair in New York with interviews with the director of the project, Robert Moses (11 min.) -- Unisphere (1964): Follows the construction of the Unisphere for the fair (14 min.) -- To The Fair (1965): Amazing footage from the fair including night footage, water works, architecture, the Unisphere, music, amusement park rides, and more (26 min.) -- Out Of This World (1964): This is a Frigidaire produced film featuring a housewife as she visits the Futurama exhibit at the fair (13 min.) DVD 9231

New York World Fair Memories of 1964.
In World Fair planning, Lowell Thomas shows the construction of the fair, as well as what exhibits will be there. To The Fair follows two girls, a family and others as they visit the different sights of the fair. Offers rare glimpses inside many of the exhibits. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1991. 55 min. Video/C 4800

Watch "Leave It To Roll-Oh" online (via the Internet Moving Image Archive)

The 1964 World's Fair: Relive the Wonder
Part futuristic exhibition, part glittery strip mall, the 1964 New York World's Fair was planned amid the optimism of the late 1950s, but the Fair's two year run often mirrored the chaos of the 1960s. This film, set to a historical backdrop of world events, draws on the memories of fairgoers who found hope for the future in an understanding of other cultures presented at the Fair. 2000. 60 min. DVD 545; Video/C 5842

1967 Expo '67 (Montreal, Canada)

Universal Newsreel, May 2nd 1967
Expo 67 "Monument to Man" 2 min. DVD 5828

Belgian World Fairs

Expotopia: les expos belges, de belgische expo's (The Belgian World Fairs)
Films from World Fairs held in Belgium in 1910, 1913, 1930, 1935, and 1958. Contents: Bruxelles 1910 -- Gand 1913 -- Anvers 1930 -- Liège 1930 -- Bruxelles 1935 -- Publicitopia 1935 -- Si l'Expo nous revenait -- L' Expo buissonnière -- Publicitopia 1958.

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American Fashion and Leisure, 1945-1950 (March of Time)
Selected newsreels from The March of Time which examines fashion, beauty and leisure time in the U.S. 105 min. Video/C 1113
America's youth, 1940-1950. Selected news stories from The March of time which examine the effects of war on the young men and women of America, their dreams and desires, and the conditions of U.S. schools and education. 90 min. Video/C 1114

Beautopia
Documents the world of actual and aspiring fashion models and supermodels. Four young women models are followed around the globe as they attempt to become superstars. Balanced with interviews with established models such as Lauren Hutton, Elle MacPherson, and Claudia Schiffer, the film contrasts the sobering reality of the business of beauty with its false promises, competition and rejection to the fairy tale images in the young models' heads. Director/producer/writer, Katharina Otto. 1993.104 min. Video/C 8594

Becoming Barbie.
This documentary provides a compelling look at body image issues and the role the media plays in promoting certain ideals for women. It examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in society and looks at the influence of the Barbie doll on young girls. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve. It also explores the new world of modelling in which models in video, film and photographs are sculpted by computer technology presenting images to emulate that are not even totally human. Includes interviews with teenagers and professionals working with eating disorder patients. 1993.47 min. Video/C 4544

Bill Cunningham New York
For decades, Bill Cunningham "has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours.' Presented is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. Features: Tom Wolfe, Anna Wintour, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Kim Hastreiter, Brooke Astor, Annette De La Renta, Anna Piaggi, Annie Flanders, Editta Sherman, Patrick McDonald, Iris Apfel, John Kurdewan, Kenny Kenny, Harold Koda, Lesley Vinson, Shail Upadhya, Thelma Golden, Josef Astor, Toni Cimino, Didier Grumbach, Michael Kors. Directed by Richard Press. 2010. 84 min. DVD X6451

Daywear London/New York. [Volume 1], Autumn/Winter 2004-2005
Designers/brand names: Donna Karan, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, BCBG-Maxazria, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Jasper Conran, Rocha, Julien MacDonald, Nicole Farhi, Zac Posen, Catherine Maladrino, Anna Sui, Bill Blass. From the catwalks of Europe to the runways of America, presents fashion shows on daywear in London and New York by various designers or brand names. 74 min. DVD 4403

The Eleven Minutes
Jay McCarroll took the fashion world by storm after being crowned the "next great American designer" on the first season of Project Runway. This documentary chronicles his year-long journey to prepare his first runway show. Directed and produced by Michael Selditch & Rob Tate. 2009. 103 min. DVD X2731

The Extremes of Fashion: From Now and Yesterday
Fashion show runways, photo shoots, the playgrounds of the chic and stylish: this program illustrates the cycles of women's couture through the '50s, '60s, and '70s -- and the portrayal of women in the media as they progressed through the postwar decade, the civil rights movement, Beatlemania, the Vietnam War, and the era of women's lib. Plenty of designer names are dropped, both from then and now, as viewers are presented with a kaleidoscope of relentlessly captivating creations from Europe and America. Whether covering everything or baring all, fashion liberates even as it objectifies. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 53 min. DVD 8893

Fashion and Clothing
Various experts discuss the origins and history of clothing from the ancients to the moderns. Topics include symbolism associated with clothing, such as gender and status, sexism in fashion, the impact of wartime rationing on clothing styles, fashion icons such as Coco Chanel and body piercing and tatoos as a form of contemporary personal expression. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 9678

Fashion Through the Ages: The History of Costume
Pt. 1. Fashion in the ancient world (25 min.) -- pt. 2. [Fashion in] the Dark Ages through the 17th century (36 min.) -- pt. 3. [Fashion in] the late 1680's through the 19th century (24 min.) -- pt. 4. [Fashion in] the twentieth century (21 min.).

An overview of the history and development of clothing design from the sublime to the ridiculous that has been worn through the ages. Explains various clothing designs that have achieved popularity, describes the connection between fashions and the historical milieu in which they developed, investigates the origins of clothing among humans, and shows the continuity of basic styles throughout history. 2005. 106 min. DVD 4414

Model
The film shows men and women models at work on TV commercials, fashion shows, print advertising, posing for magazine covers and ads for a variety of products: designer's collections, fur coats, sports clothes and automobiles. The models are seen at work with photographers whose techniques illustrate different styles of fashion and product photography. Also, the business aspect of running an agency is shown: interviewing prospective models, career counseling, arranging portfolios, talking with clients and planning trips. The film presents a view of the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, television and fantasy. A film by Frederick Wiseman. Dist.: Zipporah Films. 1980. 129 min. Video/C MM1076

Models
A documentary following the private lives of three aspiring Austrian models, their sexual relationships and personal habits, exploring how sex and career intertwine. Directed by Ulrich Seidl. Austria, 1998. 118 min. DVD X4231

Notebook on Cities and Clothes
Focuses on issues of identity -- how individuals see and define themselves based on clothes, where they live, how they see their place in the world. Profiles/interviews fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he and his staff prepare for presentation of a seasonal collection. Director/writer Wim Wenders compares the film and fashion industries, illustrating how they parallel one another. A film by Wim Wenders. 1989. 81 min. DVD 1556

The Powder & the Glory
Tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs in America, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. One hundred years ago these women immigrated to the United States and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry. Based upon the book War paint by Lindy Woodhead. Directed by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. 2007. 90 min. DVD X5369

The September Issue
The September issue puts you in the shoes of the world's most influential woman in fashion, Anna Wintour, icon and editor of US Vogue magazine. Taking us behind her trademark bob and huge sunglasses, The September Issue is a revealing look at the inner workings and glamour of the fashion industry as Wintour and her staff prepare the September 2007 issue. Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary with director R.J. Cutler; deleted scenes; photo gallery; interview with cast. Disc 2: Over 20 additional deleted scenes, with 1 hour of extra footage featuring Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley, John Galliano, Vera Wang, Thakoon and more. Disc 3. "The Met ball." 2009. 90 min. DVD X2666

The Story of Fashion
Directed by Eila Hershon and Roberto Guerra. 1987.

Remembrance of Things Past
The first in "The Story of Fashion" series charts the rise of fashion in the 18th and 19th centuries from the work of Charles Worth, the English inventor of Parisian haute coutre, to the evolution of 20th-century style and design, and the work of Donna Karan, which caters specifically to the needs of the modern working woman. It looks at the different interpretations of hairstyles, and the female form in relation to the changing social backdrop and the evolution of the modern emancipated woman, as well as other aspects of fashion such as millinery, embroidery and fashion illustration. Features archive footage and interviews with key figures in the fashion world. 60 min. DVD X3107

The Art and Sport of Fashion
The second in "The Story of Fashion" series examines the relationship between style and history, and fashion and its social context from the early 20th century onwards. It looks at the influence of individual designers including Coco Chanel and Jean Patou, analyzing their different approaches, and the wide range of sources fashion has to draw from, such as art styles and photography, as well as the rise of the celebrity role model and the model-as-celebrity. The film discusses the creation of not just a style but of a whole range of associated products, from perfume to jewellery, which is crucial to the success of a fashion house. The tradition of high-class men's tailoring is also examined. 60 min. DVD X3108

The Age of DissentThe third in "The Story of Fashion" series analyzes the key styles of the 1960s to the 1980s, tracing the role of individual designers in originating and popularizing fashions. Through the adaptation of designers' ideas by clothing companies producing for the mass market, these styles - like the mid-1960s mini-skirt - became the distinctive uniform of particular periods, taking the concept of "fashion" to the opposite extreme from its earlier meaning as the favoured style of the privileged elite. It explores the evolution of the world of fashion to meet changing commercial and social demands, while also expressing the paradox that a single transient style can still retrospectively symbolize an entire era. 60 min. DVD X3109

Toypunks. Vol. 1
Toypunks introduces vital players in the Japanese streetwear and designer toy scenes, exploring their roots in punk and outsider culture. Via location shooting in Japan and America, the film explores a profound cross-cultural exchange between American and Japanese creators. The film stars Hikaru Iwanaga of seminal Japanese fashion brand, Bounty Hunter. Frank Kozik, Hiddy Kinoshita of Secret base, Balzac, Three Tides Tattoo, Super Collector Carl Kent Smith, Ken Kakinuma of +8 Paris Rock and Isaac Ramos of realfanshitonly.com are also featured. Extras: Uncut Bounty Hunter interview excerpts; "Hiddy of Secret Base is a sneaker addict!", Frank Kozik on the death of the underground, "Soft vinyl vs spawn," toy collection galleries, Kiyoka Ikeda of Gargamel sculpting session. Directed and edited by Christopher Nelson. c2007. 43 min. DVD X4891

Unzipped
Takes a hilariously revealing look at the high-powered world of fashion as New York fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi prepares to unveil his fall 1994 collection. A film by Douglas Keeve. 1995. 73 min. Video/C 6258

Valentino: The Last Emperor
It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. Follows the legendary Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti during the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world's most glamorous and competitive game. An intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of two of Italy's richest and most famous men. Also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer Special features: "The perfect life: around the world with Valentino" (30 min.); "The last collection" (8 min.); "A red dress" (8 min.). 2008. 96 min. DVD X2646
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Games & Gaming

Beyond the Game
Documentary about the world of professional video gaming, most notably as related to the game Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne featuring world champion players Chinese Xiaofeng Li (Sky), Dutch Manuel Schenkhuizen (Grubby) & Swede Fredrik Johansson (MaDFroG) prominently. "Beyond the Game" is the motto of the World Cyber Games, considered the olympics of gaming, which is central to the documentary as the main characters compete to defend or regain the event's championship title at the finals of the 2007 World Cyber Games in Seattle, Washington. A film by Jos de Putter. 2008. 79 min. DVD X5776

First Person Shooter
Takes a definitive look at the world of video games, a 20-billion dollar industry that has raised serious questions about violence, addiction and the spawning of new forms of aggression among boys and young men. It covers the battle between the computer and video game industry and the "Peace warriors", a group of parents and activists. 2001. 50 min. Video/C 9258

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Game On! Inside the Video Game Industry
Video games have come a long way since Pong and Pac-Man, and the development of that $25-billion industry is filled with useful business and technology case studies. This CNBC program explores the history of video gaming and takes viewers behind the scenes of the industry's success stories and failures. Interviews with key figures-including the architect of Xbox, the former chairman of Nintendo of America, and the founding father of video game technology-illuminate the birth, evolution, and present-day dynamics of the video game market. In addition to the corporate side of the industry, the program examines the cutting-edge process of computer game product development. Originally produced by CNBC in 2006. Dist.: Films Media Group. 90 min. DVD 9773

Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games
This documentary addresses the fastest growing segment of the media, video games, through engaging questions of gender, race and violence. What are the messages of video games? Are video games desensitizing children to violence? How is race represented? Are interactive video games different from television? What images of masculinity and power are offered? What images of women exist in the video game world? Northhampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, c2000. 41 min. Video/C 7536

Gameheadz
Since the first Pong machine was launched three decades ago, computer games have evolved to become the world's second-largest entertainment industry, after music. This fascinating program profiles the visionaries, mavericks, and renegades of this addictive multibillion-dollar industry. Interviews with Nolan Bushnell, Ralph Baer, and others illustrate the innovation and creativity that went into the creation of Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, and tetris, among others, and the Game Boy system. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 50 min. DVD 4497

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
In this arcade showdown an unprecedented rivalry rocks the electronic world to its core. Join novice gamer Steve Wiebe on his quest to destroy the top score of gaming legend Billy Mitchell, the uncontested champion of the Donkey Kong world for over 20 years. Only one can truly claim the title King of Kong. Special features: Feature commentary with director Seth Gordon, producer Ed Cunningham and associate producers J. Clay Tweel and Luis Lopez; feature commentary with Chris Carle and Jon M. Gibson; extended interviews; animated short "A really, really brief history of Donkey Kong;" arcade glossary; "I am 8-bit" music & art gallery; theatrical trailer. 2007. 90 min. DVD X831

Play Again
One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature ... At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds ... This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the average American child, spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure -- no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei.. c2010. 80 min. DVD X5951

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Playing the News.
In 2004, television, radio and print media covered the U.S.-led attack on Fallujah. So did one video game. But can video games do journalism? This documentary examines the role played by New York based reality games company Kuma Reality Games in connecting young people to current events. After designing a video game called Kuma/War based on the November 2004 siege of Fallujah, Kuma Reality began to think of itself as a news organization. But war reporting has certainly never looked like this before. A film by Jigar Mehta and Jeff Plunkett. 2005. 20 min. DVD 6108

Second Skin
Examines online computer games as well as the personal lives of various dedicated gamers. Through interviews and direct involvement, the documentary provides details on how "MMORPG's" (aka "Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games") have become an increasingly popular genre of computer games, allowing millions of users from around the world to simultaneously interact in dramatized virtual spaces. Directed by Juan Carlos Piñeiro-Escoriaza Special features: Optional audio commentary; "Avatar creation: choosing a persona" clip (2 min.); "Dan Bustard: extended introduction" clip (4 min.); "Fort Wayne boys: Anthony's wedding proposal" short (20 min.); "Heather and Kevin in-depth" (9 min.); "Talking heads: a topical discussion of MMORPG's" featurette (26 min.); "SXSW" world premiere (12 min.); "The Syndicate: legendary gaming guild" featurette (7 min.); trailer (3 min.); "Photo gallery" montage (2 min.). 2008. 94 min. DVD X2909

Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball
A documentary describing the last-ditch attempt to resuscitate the dying game of pinball by integrating video into the game in the innovative Pinball 2000. Includes over 6 hours of extras such as interviews with industry legends, great pinball matches, etc Special features: 3 hours of extra interview footage with industry legends covering the history of pinball and video games; 7-minute video tour of the Williams pinball factory; footage of 3 legendary unreleased Williams pinball machines: Bally's Pinball Circus, Wizard Blocks, and Playboy; 90-minute video of George Gomez's legendary talk on the creation of Pinball 2000; director's commentary track; audio panel discussion with Pinball 2000 team members; the Williams Pinball 2000 launch video. Directed, produced by Greg Maletic. 2007. 60 min. DVD X5100

The Video Game: Past, Present and Future
Traces the history of video games by companies, technologies, and economics that are fueling the industry in Japan, the U.S., and France. It also seeks to understand the driving force behind the video game's phenomenal cultural penetration while offering insights into the rigorous development and aggressive multichannel marketing of games and game consoles. The inevitable convergence of the video game and film industries and the impact of the Internet as a global gaming environment are also considered. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 51 min. DVD 2378

The Video Games: Creating Virtual Fantasy
With annual sales figures mounting up into the billions of dollars, video games have reshaped the leisure landscape. Who are the brains behind the big-budget masterpieces such as Star Wars: Force Commander and the Turok series, and what is it like to be part of a game development team? In this program, creative directors, writers, designers, artists, programmers, composers, sound effects specialists, and testers from Nintendo of America, LucasArts, and Akklaim Studios step through every stage of the game development process, from initial concept to last-minute prerelease debugging. 2002. 46 min. DVD 2921

You Only Live Twice: Virtual Reality Meets Real World in Second Life
After introducing viewers to the compelling virtual world of SecondLife.com, this documentary grapples with overlapping in-world/real-world issues ranging from cybersex and the psychological repercussions of virtual sex crimes, to intellectual property rights fraud, to taxation on hard cash made on virtual cross-border sales, to the medical use of Second Life as a schizophrenia stimulator. Originally produced as a television program in 2007 for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program 4 corners. Dist.: Films Media Group. 47 min. DVD X657

Print Culture

Bookwars.
Former New York City street bookseller, Jason Rosette explores what life is like for street booksellers in New York City in this gritty expose of the other side of book tables along the streets of the Village on the Lower East Side, along 6th Avenue and elsewhere in New York City. See the mayor, the University and the NYPD try to shut them down! Written, directed, edited and narrated by Jason Rosette2000. 77 min. Video/C 8757

Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults, 2002

Comic Book Confidential.
Combines historical footage, interviews, animation, and live action to trace the history of comic books from 1933 to 1988. 22 significant comic artists and writers are discussed: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoro, Francaise Mowly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman. c1988. 85 min. DVD 1272; also VHS Video/C 4193

The Confessions of Robert Crumb
Interviews, monologues, and hilariously insightful vignettes written by Robert Crumb are woven together to portray the life, work, and obsessions of this underground comic book pioneer. Crumb continues as an iconoclast who's loved, feared and misunderstood by an ever growing number of readers. Here he tells the story of his artistry that shocks and satirizes every strata and dark hole of society. 1987. 55 min. Video/C 8650

Crumb.
A hilarious and mysterious journey through artistic genius and sexual obsession, Crumb is a wild ride through the mind of R. Crumb--cartoonist and creator of Zap Comix, Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat. A film by Terry Zwigoff. 1995. 119 min. DVD 7151; vhs Video/C 4274

El Eternauta
Comic strip artists of Argentina discuss their art while presenting samples of their comic stips with their commentary. 1993. 25 min. Video/C 6605

Joan Braderman Performing a Postsemiological Reading of the Mind-bending National Enquirer
Hampshire College professor and stand-up theorist Joan Braderman reads and analyzes an issue of the National Enquirer. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1983. 27 min. Video/C MM1217

Judith Mayne Reads Soap Mags
Ohio State Professor and feminist cultural critic, Judith Mayne gives a critical reading of soap opera magazines and subculture to discover their unmistakable allure. Mayne also interviews women on the street concerning their attitudes towards daytime television soaps. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1991. 26 min. Video/C MM1215

Manga Mad: Tokyo otaku
Looks at the pop culture history of comics and animation in Japan, particularly adult comics, and the obsessive fantasy world of comic & animation fans, called 'otaku', their media mecca, cybersex paradise, Akihabara Electric Town, and the world's largest comic market, Comiket. The core theme of the film is to illustrate and explain the passion Japanese have towards comics & animation. Interviews: Toshiya Ueno (sociologist), Leiji Matsumoto (veteran comic & anime artist), Shozo Furukawa (President of Manderake comic chain store), Rumiko Tezuka (daughter of Osamu Tezuka), Yoshihiro Yonezawa (president of Comiket, world's biggest comic market), Fusanosuke Natsume (comic critic & historian), Kodansha Publishers, IG Animation & Gonzo Animation producers, comic artists, fans & collectors. 2007. 59 min. DVD X4958

Manga, Manga
Mangas are a new Japanese cultural manifestation-- enormous adults-only comic books produced to high qualitative levels on a weekly basis. This film includes interviews with artists of these strips and features comic strip characters AstroBoy, Mazinger, Lone Wolf and Cub, Akira and Devilman. 1990. 27 min. Video/C 6597

Manga World (Un monde manga)
Filmed in Japan, this program looks beyond the stereotypes to objectively examine the history of manga, how manga are drawn, and manga's influence on Japanese life as illustrated by cosplay bars, where people dress up as their favorite characters; manga kissa, 24/7 manga cafes; and Comicket, the twice-annual comics market that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The program also introduces viewers to a cross-section of mangaka icons: Vagabond creator Takehiko Inoue; Naoki Urasawa, author of The Pushman and Other Stories; Jiro Taniguchi; Yoshihiro Tatsumi; and Kan Takahama. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 52 min. DVD X4930

Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography.
Shows pornography in various forms and explores its affect on individuals and on society. Director, Bonnie Sherr Klein. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 1991. 69 min. Video/C 2450

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
Chronicles the life and work of Barney Rosset, the influential head of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, who published such groundbreaking works of fiction as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Naked Lunch, and Tropic of Cancer, while fighting the U.S. government's obscenity laws along the way. Special features: Original theatrical trailer ; Barney Rosset extended interview ; Spike the poodle killer ; Get me out of this camp! ; Three years of torment ; Going the final step ; Illiterates ; Rum and Coke ; This oblivious prostitute. Directed by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O'Connor. 2008. 90 min. DVD X1401

Patently Offensive: Porn Under Siege.
This documentary explores the tension between freedom of speech and the preservation of values which define a civilized society. Whose interests should prevail in the debate which rages about pornography's contribution to criminal behavior, its First Amendment status, and its abuse of women and even children? 1992?. 58 min. Video/C 2760

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Racism in Literature.
An entertaining and informative look at how racism is handled in comic books and speculative fiction. The program features interviews with minority science fiction authors and cartoonists including black science fiction writer Sanuel R. Delany, native American writer, Owl Goingback, Asian American science fiction writer William F. Wu, and many others. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 5503

Where the Heart Roams
Meet Barbara Cartland, Janet Dailey, Jude Deveraux, Rebecca Brandewyne and more in this look into the world of romance writers and their fans. Authors and editors debate about sexual content of romantic novels, types of characters, and explore important distinctions between romance, sexuality and pornography. c1987. 81 min. Video/C MM722

Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist
Biography of Will Eisner, one of the most influential people in American comics. During his 60-year-plus career, Eisner introduced the now-traditional mode of comic book production, championed mature, sophisticated storytelling, was an ealy advocate for using the medium as a tool for education, pioneered the now-popular "graphic novel", and served as inspiration for generations. Directed by Andrew D. Cooke. 2007. 96 min. DVD X6020

Visual Culture

American Porn
With adult movies and magazines, retail store sales and the growth of the Internet, pornography is one of the hottest industries in America. This investigative report examines the forces behind the recent explosion of sexually explicit material available in American society and the pending political battle that may engulf the multi-billion dollar pornography industry. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline. c2002. 60 min. Video/C 9048

Bomb It: Street Art is Revolution
A wild ride into the heart of the global graffiti culture where the love of art and ego clashes with law and order. On top of a raging soundtrack of punk, hip-hop and funk, this film explores the many manifestations of 'bombing' - the act of committing artistic crime with spraypaint. Produced and directed by Jon Reiss. Special features: Audio commentary with Jon Reiss & Tracy Wares; Behind-the-scenes featurette (14 min.); Extended interviews (26 min.); Extended time lapse sequences (15 min.) 2007. 93 min. DVD X2505

Bombing L.A.
Film surveys different viewpoints on graffiti in Los Angeles through interviews with grafitti/street artists, property owners, police and citizens of Los Angeles. The question of graffiti as a public art form or a disfigurement of public property is investigated. Film also examines the role graffiti plays in Los Angeles youth gangs. 1988. 35 min. Video/C 2954

Exit Through the Gift Shop
An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Special features: More brainwashing : deleted scenes ; Life remote control (lawyer's edit) ; A star is born (MBW at Cans Festival) ; B movie : a film about Banksy. 2010. 86 min. DVD X5203

Graffiti/Post-Graffiti.
Explains the art style that evolved from graffiti spray-painted on subway surfaces to canvas paintings now hung in major art galleries. In this documentary of the early '80's movement, the viewer listens to the movers and shakers of this imaginative trend, and examines the Hip-Hop culture in action, traveling to the South Bronx where most of it started. Interviews: Charlie Ahearn, Patti Astor, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fred Brathwaite (Fab 5 Freddy), "Crash," Stefan Eins, Futura 2000, Keith Haring, Sidney Janis, "Lady Pink," Dolores and Hubert Neumann, Rammellzee and Tony Shafrazi. c1984. 28 min. Video/C 6323

Graffiti Verite: Read the Writing on the Wall
Los Angeles graffiti artists discuss the themes and motivations of their work, and how they evolved from taggers to artists. Several are shown at work on projects, indoors as well as outside. The history and significance of graffiti is addressed, as is its role in the Hip Hop culture. c1995. 45 min. Video/C 4469

GV2: Graffiti Verite 2
A follow-up film to the award winning documentary Graffiti Verite. Includes interviews with more graffiti artists and street scenes with over 400 tags, throw-ups and pieces of "street art" all presented to a backdrop of Hip Hop music. Includes coverage of the winning artwork of the First International Graffiti Art Competition. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 5719

GV3: Graffiti Verite 3 (The Final Episode)
The Final Episode is a poetic voyage, a meditation, into the iconography of Graffiti art featuring an eclectic sound track as it's emotional and intellectual core. "GV3 is a compelling sensorial experience; shockingly honest and defiantly politically incorrect." c2000. 54 min. Video/C 7118

GV4: Graffiti Verite 4
Sano, two-time winner of the International Graffiti Art Competition, teaches this underground art form, by showing the concepts, aesthetics, techniques, and style needed to complete a perfect semi "Wild Style" masterpiece and aerosol art on canvas. c2003. 67 min. DVD 2987

GV5: Graffiti Verite 5: The Sacred Elements of Hip-hop
Records a historic 4 day Hip-Hop Summer Workshop conducted at Metro High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Captures the excitement of this innovative workshop and what emerges is a portrait of the educational value and liberating therapeutic power contained within the unique elements of the contemporary hip-hop movement. c2003. 42 min. DVD 2988

The Irving Klaw Classics
Featuring Bettie Page. In the 1950s Irving Klaw was known as the King of Pin Ups, famous for his photos of beautiful girls in lingerie and high heels. From 1951-1956 he produced over a hundred short fetish, wrestling and dance films featuring Bettie Page and other glamour girls of the time. Volume 1 is dedicated to Klaw's most popular model, Bettie Page, who with her distinctive hair-cut and girlish looks, became a popular monument of femininity. 60 min. DVD 7524

The Lyfe: The Movie
A cross-country road trip that takes you inside the secret lives of graffiti artists. The most prolific writers in America explain their desire to paint. Featuring the most up-close footage ever seen as the artists scale billboards, hang off overpasses, and climb to the tops of high-rises, risking it all for their name. 2008. 90 min. DVD X4712

Manga World (Un monde manga)
Filmed in Japan, this program looks beyond the stereotypes to objectively examine the history of manga, how manga are drawn, and manga's influence on Japanese life as illustrated by cosplay bars, where people dress up as their favorite characters; manga kissa, 24/7 manga cafes; and Comicket, the twice-annual comics market that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The program also introduces viewers to a cross-section of mangaka icons: Vagabond creator Takehiko Inoue; Naoki Urasawa, author of The Pushman and Other Stories; Jiro Taniguchi; Yoshihiro Tatsumi; and Kan Takahama. Dist.: (A HREF="http://ffh.films.com/">Films Media Group. 2004. 52 min. DVD X4930

My Father's Camera
Looks at home movies and their unique place in popular culture. Director Karen Shopsowitz traces the history of home movies from the 1920s to the amateur explosion of the '30s and '40s and beyond. She interviews members of the Toronto Film Club, a Japanese-American archivist who sees home movies as an expression of cultural diversity and a collector who hosts popular Webcasts that highlight new acquisitions. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 9351

Next: A Primer on Urban Painting
Interviews with: Lee Quinones, Banksy, Swoon, Doze Green, Heavyweight, Delta, Os Gemeos, Kami, Sasu. Exploration of graffiti-based visual art as a world culture. The filmmaker profiles the art form in nine countries including USA, Canada, France, Holland, Germany, England, Spain, Japan and Brazil. Features a combination of 'verite' moments and interviews with painters, writers, designers, documentarians and other participants within the subculture, conveying the dynamism and creative energy of this significant emerging artistic community. Produced and directed by Pablo Aravena. 2005. 95 min. DVD X452

POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English
A documentary about the culture jamming and billboard liberation antics of Ron English: billboard bandit, post-punk prankster, and counter-cultural cartoonist. A modern Robin Hood of Madison Avenue, artist Ron English paints, perverts, infiltrates, reinvents, and satirizes modern culture on canvas, in songs, and directly on hundreds of pirated billboards. 2005. 78 min. DVD 6407

Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy
With nearly 25 years in the adult film industry and over 1,600 films to his name, Ron Jeremy is huge. He's made millions of dollars and slept with thousands of beautiful women and is undisputably the industry's biggest star. Classically unhandsome, big and harry, he is a pop icon to millions.2001. 76 min. DVD 1662

Pornography: The Double Message.
An analysis of the effect of pornography and violent sex in films on the youth in Toronto. Comments on the types of censorship in Sweden, and England, and the lack of it in the United States. 1985. 39 min. Video/C 1445

Pornography: The Secret History of Civilization.
"From the walls of Pompeii to the Internet...2,000 years of sex." A hard hitting in-depth look at the history of pornography and its evolution through the advancement of technology. Featuring unprecedented access into the modern adult industry, this extensive program illuminates how pornography has been used, distributed and censored. c2006. 312 min. DVD 5239

The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships
Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries, assuming an unprecedented role in the mainstream of our popular culture at the same time that its content has become more extreme and harsh, more overtly sexist and racist. The film moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate areas of our lives. Special features: "blurred" version of the film (edited for the classroom); "Chomsky on pornography" featurette (4 min.); "Donkey punch" featurette (2 min.). Produced and directed by Miguel Picker & Chyng Sun. 2008. 56 min. DVD X2118

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

Rock Fresh.
Examines the world of the graffiti artist including interviews with nine top artists. Looks at the evolution of graffiti art--from the street to the gallery, from walls to clothing, from private to worldwide. The cameras reveal step-by-step how the colors blend, how the angles sharpen, how the shadows emerge, lifting the veil from a clandestine subculture. Produced, written, & edited by Danny Lee. c2005. 82 min. DVD X264

Sex, Ties and Lots of Videotapes
A look at the Los Angeles' most successful porn companies, including how highend porn is produced, how the business is carried out, both on the sets and at the distribution level, and how much money is spent and earned. Includes excerpts from such directors as Michael Ninn, Philip Mond and James Avalon, with a concluding statement by Larry Flynt. A documentary by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman. 2006. 24 min. Video/C MM1004

SprayMasters
Four ex-graffiti writers reflect on their early years as renegades who snuck into rail yards and decorated New York City subway cars with stolen paint while eluding arrest. Now in their forties and embraced by the establishment, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000 are prominent artists with an international following, while Zephyr is a widely published journalist who writes about popular culture. They talk about the extreme risks they took as teenagers, the joys of seeing their work on subway cars, the diverse styles of graffiti, its global reach, and its place in modern life, where it has been co-opted by advertising and fashion. Set to an electrifying musical soundtrack that evokes the heyday of graffiti. Directed, edited, sound by Manfred Kirchheimer. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2008. 85 min. DVD X3244

Style Wars.
A documentary exploration of the subculture of New York's young graffiti writers and breakdancers, showing their activities and aspirations and the social and aesthetic controversies surrounding New York graffiti. Dramatizes conflicts between graffitists and the city, as well as among the graffitists themselves. c1983.60 min. DVD 1668; Video/C 2127

Description from New Day Films catalog

This Film Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick's provocative film investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films. Kirby looks at some of the controversial rating decisions of the past four decades, hires private eyes to find out who these anonymous raters are and puts his own film through the rating process. 2006. 98 min. DVD 6868

To Be Seen: Street Art
Documentary on street art and the cultural and political significance of this form of artistic expression. The subculture of street art is significant because it is an embodiment of subversive content and a form of public expression, a form of media and a means of political and social protest. Integrates interviews with street artists and others, looking at who is making street art and why, and also investigates the public's perception of this work. 2006. 30 min. DVD 5143

Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Wild Style
Tells the story of street artists in the South Bronx who put on a large outdoor performance to showcase their unique talents: graffiti, hip hop, and break dancing. The plot concerns the tension between graffiti artist Zoro's passion for his art, and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow graffiti artist, Rose. Performers: Grandmaster Flash, The Cold Crush Brothers, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, The Rock Steady Crew, Lee Quinones, Sandra Pink Fabara. Directed, produced & written by Charlie Ahearn. Special features: Optional audio commentary with director Charlie Ahearn and Fred Braithwaite (Fab 5 Freddy), theatrical trailer, outtakes, Wild style subway rap video, and photo gallery. 1982. 82 min. DVD 8176; vhs 999:3172

Stewart, Jesse. "Real to Reel: Filmic Constructions of Hip Hop Cultures and Hip Hop Identities." Interdisciplinary Humanities; Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p49-67, 19p UC users only

Write and Unite
"Write and Unite" presents the world's greatest graffitti artists live in action. From subways to huge productions, street bombing to organized events, never before has there been such a complete, global documentation of today's top aerosolists and their work." 2004. 70 min. DVD 4406
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Subcultures / Alternative Cultures

The Beat Generation and Its Circle
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Studies
Music (punk, Deadheads, Rap/Hiphop, etc.)
The 1960's (underground politics, hippie culture, drug culture)

The Ballad of Greenwich Village: Culture and Counter-culture
The artists, rebels, and bohemians who came to New York's Greenwich Village over many decades changed the face of American culture through their art and politics. This film portrays the important political and social movements that began in the Village: the first interracial jazz club, the earliest Socialist newspapers from before World War I, the Stonewall Rebellion. This unique history includes anecdotes from many famous writers, musicians and performers who got their start in the Village. Interweaves past and present, with 16mm footage, archival photographs, Hollywood movies, cartoons, informative interviews and scenes of contemporary village life. Accompanied by a lively soundtrack that ranges from ragtime to bebop to folk music, the film celebrates what was America's first bohemia. Produced and directed by Karen Kramer. 2005. 70 min. DVD 6989

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Beautiful Losers
Follows the lives and careers of a group of artists and designers who inadvertantly affected the art world. In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Afilm by Aaron Rose; co-director Joshua Leonard. 2008. 91 min. DVD X2514

Be77er [i.e. Better] Living Through Circuitry: A Digital Odyssey into the Electronic Dance Underground
Features: Frankie Bones, The Crystal Method, Genesis P-Orridge and Psychic TV, DJ Spooky, Carl Cox, Electric Skychurch, Roni Size, DJ Keoki, Wolfgang Flur, Atomic Babies, Moby.

Presents a rare insightful look at rave culture and the electronic dance community. A cross-section of the techno subculture is represented as ravers, DJs and musicians speak for themselves about their music and ideals. Presents such dynamic aspects of rave culture as empowerment through technology, the do-it-yourself ethic and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm. Special features: Filmmakers commentary, interview with DJ Dan,, The Crystal Method, Wolfgang Flur, Roni Size, Genesis P-Orridge ; computer animation reels from Nighttribe, OVT, soundtrack album audio previews, virtual flyer gallery, cast and crew biography for interviewed artists. 2000. DVD 451

Body Art
Throughout history people in nearly every culture have decorated or altered their bodies. The reasons are as varied as the patterns and processes: they seek to define themselves and their positions in society, to declare their allegiance to a god or to a cause, to conform to the customs of a group or to shock or entertain. From body painting to piercing to scarification, from tattoos to plastic surgery, from the Bronze age to the computer age, this film explores and celebrates the stunning diversity of body art. 2000. 50 min. DVD 1239

Burning Man Beyond Black Rock, An Authorized Documentary
Featuring: Larry Harvey, David Best, Marian Goodell, Will Roger, Harley Dubois, Danger Ranger, Crimson Rose. For seven days and nights, Black Rock City in Nevada stands as a community free of commerce, bound by a social contract of tolerance and cooperation, dedicated to art and self-expression. Then it disappears without a trace. The filmmakers spent 18 months with the founders, organizers, artists and participants to document the full complexity and diversity of the Burning Man community ... and their plans to bring its unique culture to the rest of the world. Special features: Over 2 hours of deleted scenes; extended interviews with the cast; outtakes; bonus 16-minute short film "Preacher with an unknown God." 2006. 106 min. DVD 6864

The Burning Man Festival [1996]
Burning Man festival (40 min.) -- Burning man: just add couches (50 min.) Commentary: Larry Harvey (director, Burning Man festival), John Law (technical director) Burning man festival: An indepth look at the Festival described as semi-structured anarchy; "a laboratory ... for reinventing civilization." Shows the construction of the 4 story high "Man" with interviews with the director of the festival, technical director and construction forman of "The Man." In "Just add couches" Joe Winston and his friends return to the festival and create the "Couch potato camp." "What this festival really needs is a living room setting, where people can watch TV and drink beer,"....which is harder than it looks with the nearest hardware store 50 miles away. c1997. DVD 6863; vhs Video/C 8366 (Burning Man Fesival only)

Burning Man Festival, 1994.
A stunning visual portrait of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Includes interviews with the creators of various performance art pieces. See a jet-propelled rocket car, a giant shark car, a dragon spouting fire, decorated "art cars", buses and persons. Concludes with the ritual destruction of a 4 story tall Burning Man. One of the most unique cultural events in late 20th century American culture. 48 min. Video/C 4774

Cyberpunk
Documents contemporary U.S. socio-cultural trends-- specifically in the San Francisco Bay region-- influenced by punk culture and computer and other advanced technologies. Features an interview with William Gibson, science fiction writer whose concepts have become a part of real life in the technology and culture of recent years. Topics covered include: virtual reality, hacking & piracy, art & fashion, industrial music, and mind machines & cyborgs. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 2907

Hackers
The Internet has become home to confidential information from virtually every nation in the world. But how safe is that information if computer-literate hackers can break into top-security computer systems? This program examines the role of hackers and reveals how their exploits highlight the profound insecurities of the Internet and the software that drives it. 2000. 60 min. DVD 2920; also on VHS Video/C 7808

Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age.
A group of people who used to haunt the computer rooms of universities, waiting for a chance to work or play with the huge machine, tell how they influenced the development of modern personal computers, show some of the latest technological advances, and discuss the ethics of software availability. 1985. 27 min. Video/C 1203

I Wanna Be Adored
Young people in British Columbia who live alternative lifestyles discuss their philosophies of life and the reasons why they shun traditional modes of dress, corporate structures, mass media, and consumerism. Narrators: Jello Biafra, Bif Naked. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 7443

Into the Heart of Fire: A Psycho-documentary of the Burning Man Festival
Follows three men with cameras and their friends, as they experience the 1998 Labor Day Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 9206

Invisible Revolution: A youth Subculture of Hate
This documentary profiles a chilling subculture among American youth: the clash between racist and anti-racist youth. Rising against the white supremacy movement, are a group of anti-racist skinheads, punk Anti Racist Action (ARA). Conflicts between these groups who are often indistinguishable as they battle one another, have led to assaults and even murder. A hard-hitting film with extreme expressions of racism. 2000. 55 min. Video/C 7656

Modern Tribalism
Journey into America's primitive soul in this graphic, unflinching and startlingly touching documentary about the resurgence of humanity's oldest and most intense rituals. From garden-variety tattooing, to frenzied effigy-burning festivals, to the disturbing extremes of body-piercing, this documentary explores the cultural context surrounding this underground movement. 2002. 77 min. DVD 1403

Modify
Meet thirty of the most modified people that have ever lived, and the amazing body artists who have changed them forever. This documentary presents more than 50 body modification procedures including tanning, waxing, piercing, branding, scarification, genital beading, elective amputations, bodybuilding, tattooing, tongue splitting, implants, plastic surgeries, transgender surgeries and everything in between. Directed & produced by Jason Gary & Greg Jacobson. 2006. 85 min. DVD 8787

Rebels: A Journey Underground.
1998. 47 min. each installment.

Society's Shadow. From Bohemia and 19th century European romanticism, this film looks back through history to uncover the beginning of "new vision" thinking in Western civilization and its links to what is now called counterculture. From 1830's Paris to New York City's Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th century, it follows the paths which brought Europe's most rebellious voices to America. Includes profiles of William Blake, Victor Hugo, Theophile Gauthier, Charles Baudelaire, John Reed and Woody Guthrie. Video/C 7444
A New Kind of Bohemian. Following World War II, a new period of post-war social complexity overtook America. It was during this turbulent, often repressive Cold War time that Jack Kerouac coined the phrase, "beat" and gave birth to a new literary movement. This film follows the activities of this new breed of writer: Kerouac, Cassady, Ginsburg and a handful of outsiders who became known as the "Beat Generation." Video/C 7445
Turn on the Revolution. In 1959 a twenty-six year old creative writing student named Ken Kesey became a guinea pig for LSD experiments conducted by the CIA and later used this experience to write "One flew over the cuckoo's nest." Timothy Leary, a Harvard research psychologist turned rebel guru, told people to "Turn on, tune in, drop out!" while an anti-war activist named Abbie Hoffman led a peace demonstration at the 1968 Chicago democratic convention. This film delves into the world of hippies and yippies; young people who put themselves at risk in pursuit of "perception" and democratic freedom. Video/C 7446
A Riot of My Own. With the worlds "I am an anarchist" Londoner Johnny Rotten began a full-blown counterculture of protest and self-expression; a cry against crushing youth unemployment and a voice for the disenfranchised. This film examines a new kind of music, a new social critique and a new form of free speech. Featured are the bands, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Damned who turned the rebellious tension of rock and roll back on itself -- and blew it up. Video/C 7447
Earth Trauma. Born from the political activist movement of the 1960's, groups like Greenpeace, EarthFirst and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society scoffed at the mainstream tactics of institutionalized environmentalism and instead took direct action to protect Mother Earth. Witness here the story of grass-roots rebellion with an ecological cause; the story of radical environmentalists as their 'green rebellion' spread around the world. Video/C 7448
Welcome to Cyberia. The counterculture of the present and the forseeable future exists in cyberspace. The rebels who inhabit this "New Edge" of the human landscape are virtual reality experimenters, cyberpunks and underground computer hackers. This film zooms in on the pioneers of the newly created counterculture, rebels who question obsolete systems of thought and just may be at the forefront of a significant new social movement. Video/C 7449

Return of the Tribal: Body Piercing
For some people, body modification is a form of pop expression, while for others it is a rite of passage and a symbol of belonging. This program travels through the United States, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka to examine different types of body modification practiced today, including body painting, tattooing, scarification, body piercing, and structural alteration. 2000. 50 min. Video/C 8900

Rubber Tramps
Explores the lives of people who live on the open road and make converted buses, vans and cars their homes. Many of these 'rubber tramps' are incredibly intelligent, artistic individuals; some have mental obstacles to fight in life. From the music to the art to the exploration of lifestyles and living free, this film is a unique and current exploration of people living 'on the road' lifestyles. Directed and edited by Max Koetter 2001. 82 min. DVD X2358

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
This award winning documentary follows the strikingly original life of the unique artist, comedian and performance artist Bob Flanagan. A provocative, deeply moving, often hilarious chronicle tracing Flanagan's experiences with sadomasochism in his struggle to manage the fatal illness Cystic Fibrosis, "Sick" explores the limits of pain, sexuality, love and death. 1997. 96 min. Video/C 6470

Stigmata: The Transfigured Body
Stigmata is a riveting look at body modification such as tattooing, cutting, piercing and branding, practices which are becoming increasingly popular amongst women. Although these activities are considered radical, the videotape suggests that they are no more physically radical than cosmetic surgery; and these women are transforming their bodies against conventional stereotypes of femininity rather than to conform to them. Stigmata explores concepts of beauty, self-determination and the outer limits of female sexuality. c1992. 27 min. Video/C 4926

Women Make Movies catalog description

Style Wars.
A documentary exploration of the subculture of New York's young graffiti writers and breakdancers, showing their activities and aspirations and the social and aesthetic controversies surrounding New York graffiti. Dramatizes conflicts between graffitists and the city, as well as among the graffitists themselves. c1983. 60 min. DVD 1668; also on VHS Video/C 2127

Style Wars web site (New Day Films)

Skin and Ink: Artists and Collectors.
Increasing numbers of women are choosing to become tattooed. This documentary looks at both women who have tattoos and those who create them, revealing motives for becoming heavily tattooed, as well as some of the social repercussions. 1990. 28 min. Video/C 4927

Skinheads of Asia
Presents astonishing insight into a group of Asians who have deliberately chosen a lifestyle that marginalizes them from mainstream society. Hadi became a skinhead when he was in his twenties. Today, he is the leader of the skinhead generation in Indonesia. Not ashamed or apologetic for his chosen lifestyle, Hadi brings us into his world of tattoos, body piercings and fixed ideologies. Why are young Indonesian men and women joining him? What is their quest in life? The film also visits Hanover, Germany, to examine the skinhead movement there. How are the German skinheads different from their Asian counterparts? Directed by Faozan Rizal. 2007. 52 min. DVD X589

Subincision
An examinaton of punk culture in the United States. Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology 138B) in Spring of 1966, at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. Last 20 min. of film lacks sound. Credits: Producer/director, Pam Rice. 28 min. Video/C 4404

Vampyres: When Reality Goes Beyond Fiction
This documentary features interviews with people who have chosen to live as "vampires," and are usually associated with a vampire cult. Most of the "vampire houses" are very private. Typically, their members practice secrecy, because discretion is the first 'rule' in the veil. Features rituals of the cults and interviews with "vampires" living in New York, Amsterdam, Germany, Italy, Japan and other countries. 2007. 85 min. DVD X2439

We Aren't Blocking Traffic, We are Traffic!
This documentary chronicles the history and development of the "critical mass" bicycle movement, which reclaims city streets by bicycle activists riding en masse. The program tracks this leaderless, grassroots movement from its beginnings in San Francisco in 1992 to its spread across the globe to over 100 cities in 14 countries. Features shots of critical mass in action in Texas, Oregon, New York, London and Sydney, Australia. 1999 50 min. DVD 5457 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7903

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