A grinning monkey sitting in a tree dangles a lit firecracker from a fishing pole just over the head of an unwary turtle. Realizing that an explosion is pending, the turtle ducks and takes ... See full summary »
Leo M. Langlois III,
Ray J. Mauer,
A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »
George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their ... See full summary »
A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become ... See full summary »
James Sibley Watson,
This animated short features two soundtracks - in one, Frank narrates an autobiography,in the other, he reads off a list of words beginning with the letter "f." Tying the two soundtracks ... See full summary »
Atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds (later the Nevada Test Site) show effects on well-kept homes, homes filled with trash and combustibles, and homes painted with reflective white ... See full summary »
Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses.
Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes overlapping. ... See full summary »
Dr. Raymond Dowidat and his wife Esther have been living in the town of Cologne, Minnesota for about two years. Esther's diary gives her impression of the town, which is located close to many dairy farms. She describes the farming habits typical to the area, the operation of the local flour and feed mill, and other characteristic features of the town. Written by
One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society. See more »
The three actors are credited during the film by the entries in the diary. See more »
This amateur film from Cologne, Minnesota features the Guettler family and you have to think that they never imagined that people would be viewing this film decades after it was recorded but the film was selected to the National Film Registry in 2001. The film starts off with a woman writing into a diary, which we get to read via title cards. From here we see dates as well as what the woman did that day or just things she saw. From this point the entire film is basically just footage shot around the city and it includes farm machines, local restaurants, a parade and a social gathering with some turtle soup. We're told in one of the early entries that this town has 350 people and it's this that really makes this film stand out. There's certainly nothing ground-breaking here but I think the film serves a great purpose of showing what a small American town used to be like. I must admit that I was caught up in the poetry beauty of the film and especially the shots high above the city showing what few homes and buildings there were. Another major plus was getting to see various farm equipment and what exactly they were using all these years ago. I doubt many mainstream people will find this entertaining but it's certainly a good reminder of what small towns used to look like.
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