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Mystery Illustration 87

Two of the biggest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. Can you possibly tell who, from this off-model illo?



Answer is here (page 12).

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies

The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 15, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Movies, Special Effects, Surrealism, 1900s

Dark Side of the Rainbow

For those who may not have heard of this classic urban legend of music, Jan Dirk Blom provides this explanation in his Dictionary of Hallucinations:

The term Dark Side of the Rainbow denotes a peculiar pattern of thematic similarities that can be discerned while one is watching The Wizard of Oz while simultaneously listening to The Dark Side of the Moon. With the aid of this somewhat unusual procedure, over a hundred instances of perceived interplay have been reported by fans.

It is not known who first established this pattern of thematic similarities, but from 1994 onwards it was widely discussed on internet sites such as the Usenet message board alt.music.pink-floyd and in the popular media.

As the Pink Floyd band members (save Roger Waters) have always denied deliberate attempts to synchronize their album with the movie, the Dark Side of the Rainbow is commonly designated as a cognitive illusion and attributed to a process called apophenia, i.e. an excess of perceptual or heuristic sensitivity leading to the discernment of patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.

If you're curious to experience this phenomenon for yourself, someone has helpfully posted the entirety of the Wizard of Oz on YouTube, synced to Dark Side of the Moon.

Though this raises the biggest problem with the theory: Dark Side of the Moon is about 43 minutes long, while the Wizard of Oz is over an hour long. In the video below, this is solved by simply looping the album.


Some of the synchronicities to look for:

2:20 Look for a triangle hanging in the tree, that looks kinda like the triangle on the cover of Dark Side of the Moon.

8:03 Bells start playing just as Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch) rides onscreen, ringing the bell of her bicycle.

19:34 The song 'Money' starts playing when Dorothy first lays eyes on the Yellow Brick Road, which was often seen as a metaphor for bricks of gold, or money.

29:10 When the Wicked Witch, dressed in black, appears out of a cloud of smoke, the lyrics say "black, black, black..."

37:15 As Dorothy is first talking to the Scarecrow, and (in the movie) he begins singing "If I only had a brain," the song "Brain Damage" starts to play.

42:30 When Dorothy meets the Tin Man and bangs on his chest to listen for his heart, the album ends and fades to a heartbeat sound.

More info: Wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 04, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Music, Synchronicity and Coincidence

Astra No. 8

Weirdness galore, plus cheesecake! What more could you ask? All sponsored by the UK Air Force.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 08, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Sex Symbols, 1950s

The Tiger Woman



The Tiger Woman costume is made from Leopard fur. When outside, the natives are dressed as Navaho but, when inside, they are dressed as Aztecs. The chorus girl line, and their "harem-girl" costume, during an execution is frowned on. The men in the serial do not remove their hats whether inside or out.[5] However, in South America "Tiger" refers to any big cat.


The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 25, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, 1940s

Mystery Illustration 84



You saw Julie Newmar as Elvis. Now which world-famous actress of the 1950s and 1960s is here impersonating Theda Bara?

The answer is at the link.

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 26, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Twentieth Century

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