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Bambi Play Bags

I sure hope there are air-holes in these repurposed drycleaner bags.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 24, 2020 - Comments (9)
Category: Death, Movies, Children, 1950s

Elmina

Elmina is a West African film, released in 2010, about a Ghanaian farmer "fighting corruption and the exploitation of the community by a Chinese multinational corporation."

What makes the movie odd is that the lead role of the farmer, in an otherwise all Ghanaian cast, is played by artist Doug Fishbone who's a self-described "white Jewish man from New York." Furthermore, no one in the movie ever makes note of the fact that he's white and everyone else is black.

Fishbone notes on his website: "No reference is ever made to this oddity of casting, which in a quietly radical way completely overturns conventions of race and representation in film, and offers a new perspective on globalization, neo-colonialism, Eastern influence in Africa, and the relativity of audience engagement."




Doug Fishbone: Elmina (2010) Film Trailer from Doug Fishbone on Vimeo.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 06, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Movies

Cinematic Neurosis

Following the 1973 release of The Exorcist, six people who saw it had to be admitted to a Chicago hospital "straight from the theater." Psychiatrist James Bozzuto examined four of them and concluded they were suffering from "cinematic neurosis" — a term he coined. Basically, this was neurosis caused by watching a movie. Symptoms of this condition included "anxiety, helplessness, sleeplessness and repetitive post-traumatic dreams."

San Francisco Examiner - Dec 14, 1976



The 1975 release of Jaws also caused an outbreak of cinematic neurosis. Here's a description of a case from a December 1975 Knight News Wire article:

Three months ago, a 17-year-old girl from a small town in western Kansas was admitted to Wichita's Wesley Medical Center with a strange malady. Her neck was stiff, her hands trembled, and she was periodically seized by fits of terror. She would jerk her arms spasmodically and scream, "Sharks! Sharks!"
During these attacks, which always occurred at night, she appeared to be unaware of the world around her, and she didn't respond when people spoke to her.
Over the next three days, while doctors ruled out the possibility that she had meningitis or some other neurological problem, she had five of these attacks.
In between these episodes of terror, she talked with neurologist Arnold Barnett about her problem.
It seems that three days before admission, she had seen the motion picture "Jaws," movie history's biggest money-maker, which chronicles the bloody activities of a shark that terrorizes swimmers off the shores of Long Island.
Later that evening, after discussing the film with her friends, she became frightened and upset. She had her first attack the next day.
Barnett treated the girl with sedatives and reassuring conversation. He emphasized the unlikelihood of a shark attack in western Kansas.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 22, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Movies, Psychology, 1970s

Birth of the Pearl

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 19, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Sexuality, Myths and Fairytales, 1900s, Women

Mystery Illustration 97

What super-famous Hollywood icon is this, beneath her disguise?

The answer is after the jump.





More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 15, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Celebrities, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Movies, 1930s

Dali’s Drunken Montage from MOONTIDE

Surrealist Salvador Dali was hired to create the drunken montage at the top of the story but his sketches were deemed too bizarre, and the scene was shot with only some of his influence (most likely the close-up of the clock, the headless woman) intact.


Wikipedia source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 05, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Surrealism, 1940s

Rescued by Rover



The first film to star a dog.

And the first to pay its actors!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 01, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, World Records, Dogs, 1900s

North to Alaska

Here's a type of song, a story ballad, that seems pretty much extinct these days. (Any WU-vie who can cite a contemporary instance gets a No-Prize!) It seems, judging by the film clips in this video, to recount the entire arc of the movie!



The Wikipedia page for the film.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 28, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: History, Movies, Music, Regionalism, 1960s

Futz!

First it was a play.

Bestiality - oh final horror - has come to Off-Broadway. It came last night at the Theater de Lys in a play called "Futz!" The strange thing is - and is this a sign of the corruption of our society? - the crime, act, fact, or whatever you want to call it, of bestiality would have come to Broadway itself if another show, "Leda Had A Little Swan", had not been beastly enough, and sadly, boring enough, to collapse during previews before the scheduled opening. However, Rochelle Owens's "Futz!", which I saw at one of its final previews, has beaten its controversial path into our ken. And I must say I am glad it did...

Cyrus Futz is a simple farm boy who happens to be in love with his pig, Amanda. Indeed he regards Amanda as his wife. As he tells his pig: "We tried to go to church but they wouldn't let us in - so I read you the Bible at home." However, Cy and Amanda are no normal couple, and the seedy normality of the village turns upon them and Cy is murdered by vengeful villagers.


Source of quote.

Then it was a film.

The creator's Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 23, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Hillbillies, Country Bumpkins, Ruralism and Flyover Country, Movies, Sexuality, Fetishes, Sex Lives Worse Than Yours

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