Blunderer Robert Benchley is going to show some house guests the film he and his wife took on a vacation trip. He sets up the projector and the reel begins...and nothing good happens for Benchley from this point.
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A tongue-in-cheek look at the making and showing of home movies. An everyman sits with editing equipment amidst piles of loose film. He explains to us the ease and fun of putting home movies together. In a flashback, he takes us to a recent dinner party at his home where he narrated a showing of footage from a family trip to a lake. Parts are dull or out of focus, scenes run backwards, principles (such as a child) are obscured, heads are cropped by the top of the frame, and he and his wife differ over details. Will anyone be left when the show ends? Written by
Mr. Benchley lectures the audience, in his patented befuddled manner, on how to make home movies. He proceeds to show some awful home pictures with a running monologue on why the subject turned out so badly. The piece is one of a long series he did, beginning with the recording of his stage act 'The Treasurer's Report', winning an Oscar for HOW TO SLEEP and continuing on, in various formats, for MGM and Paramount through his death.
My parents used to take home movies and, for some time, insisted on exhibiting them to people. As they usually concerned the rather embarrassing things my brother and I did when we were toddlers, we managed to grab and destroy the relevant reels a couple of decades ago.
Nowadays, of course, everything is on computers and the internet, where nothing ever dies. I feel for you.
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