The Future Ain’t What it Used To Be

September 29, 2007

These movie clips from public expositions of seven decades past can be an eye opener. Social progress has gone in more than one direction in the intervening years.

1939-40 New York World’s Fair


Sally Rand's Nude Ranch
Salvador Dali’s topless swimsuit exhibit and nude “artist’s models” were among the New York World’s Fair responses to competition from the 1939 San Francisco Golden Gate Exhibition and Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch.


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Think Twice Before You Order “Huevos”

August 28, 2007

Grupo Exterminador - Cotrabando en los Huevos

My mom always taught me to never use the term “huevos” in polite society. Instead, she said, say “blanquillos” (whites). Blanquillos mean eggs. Huevos mean . . . something else entirely.

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A Celebration

August 24, 2007

Los Razos, originally uploaded by Vidalia.

What does the image of the band have in common with the gorgeous portrait below?


breeze, originally uploaded by Tundrabuni.

And what do they have to do with a celebration?

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On This Day in 79

August 24, 2007

Death Levels All, originally uploaded by batigolix.

 

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All Eyes

August 22, 2007

by Nara Back.
Photographs are not to be reused or reprinted without permission of the artist

by gingerxbread.

Originally posted in dailytentacle.wordpress.com


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William S. Burroughs’ TOWERS OPEN FIRE

August 20, 2007

Towers Open Fire
Photo montage uploaded by Bunaen

Towers Open Fire by Tony Balch and Bill Burroughs is often ignored in discussions of avant-garde film.

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Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron Sculpture Garden

August 19, 2007

Tenticles, originally uploaded by sonic_serenity.

 

Lola Lyndon is away on assignment, and should be back within a week, if not days.

Some things seem to be just plain underrepresented; tubas in popular music; sledgehammers in tool boxes; and Magyars in government service.

Alothough ideosynchratic demolition experts do not seem to be underrepresented in metal sculpture, I think the works of Dr. Evermor cannot be represented enough. The mainstream has ignored Forevertron too long.

attack, originally uploaded by yetra.

 

We’re here to make amends.

You can read more about Dr. Evermor here if you like.

Meanwhile, I’m just going to settle back and view a few photos taken by the Doctor’s fans over at Flickr.

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If Fellini did an After School Special

August 15, 2007

The Game (28 minutes – 1966) and The Choking Game (2005)

This week, two little-known short films about teenagers looking for some action and the game they play.

the game 1966

Some Scenes from The Game, originally uploaded by bunaen.

 

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Case in Point: Anna May Wong

August 15, 2007

anna_may_shaded, originally uploaded by Kung Fu Grip! Zine.

 

anna may wong 1, originally uploaded by silvernightingale.

 

Racism and sexism are simply institurionalized lies. Case in point – Anna May Wong.

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New Girl in the Office

August 15, 2007

New Girl in the Office
Run Time 13:58 (work safe)

Mary Newton is the new girl in the office. The big boss takes her in to meet Ed Asner who needs a hand in his department–bad. He’s mighty glad to meet Mary until she walks into the room. Oh my God, she’s colored! Ed’s not the only one who gives Mary the cold shoulder. Kit, the boss’ secretary decides she doesn’t want to work with the colored girl, and threatens to quit. We assume she is not just feigning racism to cover up for the fact that she is sick of the boss yelling when she arrives a little late for work, “You’d better hurry, my coffee’s getting cold!”

Fortunately the men have everything under control, and are able to wrangle the girls into accepting the new girl. This is good because it is Mary’s dream to work in a secretarial pool, where she can gaze up admiringly at the glass ceiling instead of having to scrub it.

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