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David Holzman’s Diary



I never knew of the existence of this film until reading the obituary of one of its creators, L. M. Kit Carson. As an ancestor of Spinal Tap and others of that ilk, it should appeal to WU-vies, I think.

Unfortunately, the entire video does not seem available online. There's a snippet above, and a mini-documentary about the documentary in two parts below. (Caution: brief flash of modest nudity in part two.) You can buy the disc or stream it at Amazon.









Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 01, 2014 | Comments (0)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Documentaries, 1960's

The Saluda Grade



The Saluda Grade is the steepest section of railroad in the USA. There have been numerous horrific tragedies involving runaway trains here. But this propaganda-cum-safety video from Southern Railway makes the whole affair seem a candidate for our boredom contest.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Boredom, Regionalism, Documentaries, 1980's, Trains

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle



What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

Harmonium in California

Harmonium in California by Robert Fortier, National Film Board of Canada



A short documentary about earnest French-Canadian folk rockers from the 1970s? It's better than Spinal Tap, eh?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 01, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Documentaries, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's, North America

Paris Syndrome

On occasion, Japanese citizens who travel to Paris suffer episodes of extreme depression. The depression can be so severe that it leads to hallucinations and psychosis. The Japanese psychiatrist Hiroaki Ota named this condition "Paris Syndrome." He speculated that it's caused by the difference between the idealized view of Paris that the travelers held and the reality that confronted them.

Recently, filmmaker John Menick created a short documentary about this syndrome. He describes it as:

a short, cinematic essay analyzing the cultural implications of travel-related mental illnesses. The project places the syndrome within an ongoing history of cross-cultural relations; the emergence of a global tourist industry; and the creation of psychiatric schools of thought devoted to inter-cultural relations. In addition to the Parisian illness, Paris Syndrome also looks at a number of related issues: Stendhal Syndrome, an ailment experienced by traveling viewers of art (identified in Florence, Italy); the history of psychiatric portraiture; 19th-century mad travelers; and the changes in travel-related mental illnesses throughout history.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 13, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Travel, Psychology, Documentaries

Winnie Ruth Judd



Not sure if an infamous murder case benefits from the marionette approach, but it's certainly unique.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 10, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Puppets and Automatons, Documentaries, 1930's, Dismemberment

Cranberry Tour



Wooden bridge inspection. Arrow dipping. All pinnacles of monotony and boredom. Does the student-led cranberry tour measure up to these high standrards?

You decide!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 17, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Boredom, Education, Regionalism, Farming, Documentaries

Hendrik Coetzee

Kadoma_teaser from Ben Stookesberry on Vimeo.



Do African explorers still get eaten by crocodiles in the 21st century? It seems a highly Victorian fate.

But it happened to Hendrik Coetzee just a little over a year ago. And now there's a documentary about him, the trailer for which is above.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 04, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Eccentrics, Documentaries, Africa

A Missile Named Mac



Nuclear Armageddon has a reassuring voice!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 20, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Death, Cartoons, Documentaries, 1960's, Weapons

The Bear Who Went to War





I've had this post queued up for weeks--then darn old Chuck goes and scoops me yesterday! But he didn't give you the visuals!

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 10, 2012 | Comments (1)
Category: Animals, War, Documentaries, 1940's
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