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EXCERPTS >|< Louella Gallagher, Knife-Thrower (1950)

A series of gif excerpted from a short movie of 1950, in which the knife thrower Louella Gallagher performs with her two daughters: Connie Ann of 5 years and Colleena Sue 2 and 1/2. The three Gallagher are showing in Texas and the news appears in a newsreel of the time.
If still alive, today Connie and Sue should have approximately 60 years. It would be really interesting to hear their point of view on their childhood.

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Una serie di gif estratte da un breve filmato del 1950, nel quale la lanciatrice di coltelli Louella Gallagher si esibisce con le due figlie: Connie Ann di 5 anni e Colleena Sue di 2 e mezzo. Le tre Gallagher si stanno esibendo in Texas e la notizia appare in un cinegiornale dell’epoca.
Se ancora vive, oggi Connie and Sue dovrebbero avere all’incirca 60 anni. Sarebbe davvero interessante conoscere il loro punto di vista sulla loro infanzia.

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EXCERPTS >|< Popeye the Saylor (1933)

A series of gifs excerpted from the banned cartoon Popeye the Saylor, with Betty Boop as special guest. This short features a complete version of Popeye’s theme song.

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Una serie di gif estratte dal cartone animato censurato Braccio di Ferro, con la partecipazione di Betty Boop. Questo cartone animato presenta la versione integrale della sigla di Braccio di Ferro.

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EXCERPTS >|< The Boxing Cats (1894)

"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films)


An animated gif excerpted from The Boxing Cats, a 23” movie from 1894 directed by W.L. Dickinson and shot at the Thomas Edison’s Black Maria studio. The images show two cats with small boxing gloves that fight in a miniature ring. The man behind them - that seems to smille during the shooting - is prof. Henry Welton, the trainer of the two boxers felines.
An incredible example of the success of cats since the beginning of moving images history.

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Una gif animata estratta da The Boxing Cats, un filmato di 23 secondi del 1894 diretto da W.L. Dickinson e girato presso il Black Maria Studio di Thomas Edison. Le immagini mostrano due gatti con piccoli guantoni che combattono su un ring in miniatura. L’uomo dietro di loro - che pare sorridere divertito durante le riprese - è il prof. Henry Welton, il trainer dei due pugili felini.
Una incredibile testimonianza del successo dei gatti sin dagli esordi della storia del cinema.

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EXCERPTS >|< The Kiss (1896)

An animated gif excerpted from The Kiss, the first film sequence ever recorded of a kiss. We are in 1896, and the sequence was filmed inside the Black Maria, the first American film studio, in which the operator William Kennedy Laurie Dickson ran short film for Thomas Edison and his Kinetoscope.

The footage of the kiss, also known as The May Irwin Kiss, lasts about 15 seconds and documents the kiss between May Irwin and John Rice, in the final scene of the Broadway musical The Widow Jones.

The Kiss - one of the first films shown to the public for commercial purposes - provoked scandal and disapproval from the press. In some cases it was even called for the intervention of the police in places where the film was projected.

In 1999, The Kiss was deemed ‘culturally significant’ by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States.

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Una gif estratta da The Kiss, la prima sequenza filmica mai registrata di un bacio. Siamo nel lontano 1896, e la sequenza è stata girata all’interno del Black Maria, il primo studio cinematografico americano, all’interno del quale l’operatore William Kennedy Laurie Dickson girava i brevi film per Thomas Edison e il suo Kinetoscopio.

Il filmato del bacio, conosciuto anche come The May Irwin Kiss, dura circa 15 secondi e documenta il bacio tra May Irwin e John Rice, nella scena finale del musical di Broadway The Widow Jones.

The Kiss - uno tra i primi film mostrati al pubblico a scopo commerciale - provocò scandalo e disapprovazione da parte della stampa. In alcuni casi fu addirittura chiesto l’intervento delle forze dell’ordine nei luoghi in cui era proiettata la pellicola.

Nel 1999 The Kiss è stato giudicato ‘culturalmente significativo’ dalla Biblioteca del congresso e selezionato per la conservazione nel National Film Registry degli Stati Uniti.

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EXCERPTS >|< Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

A series of gifs excerpted from the uncensored version of Southern Fried Rabbit: a Looney Tunes cartoon by Warner Bros. starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Directed by Friz Freleng and produced in 1952. The animated short was first released on May 2, 1953.

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Una serie di gif estratte dalla versione non censurata di Southern Fried Rabbit: un cartone animato Looney Tunes della Warner Bros. con Bugs Bunny e Yosemite Sam. Diretto da Friz Freleng e prodott nel 1952. Il corto animato è stato pubblicato per la prima volta il 2 maggio 1953.

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EXCERPTS >|< Experiment in the Revival of the Organism (1940)

A video from Prelinger Archives.

A series of gifs excerpted from Experiment in the Revival of Organism: a disturbing film about the successful experiments in the resuscitation of life conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko, in 1940, at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, U.S.S.R.

Director: D.I. Yashin
Camera: E.V. Kashina
Narrator: Professor Walter B. Cannon
Introduced by Professor J.B.S. Haldane

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Una serie di gif estratte da Experiment in the Revival of Organism: un inquietante filmato sulla riuscita sperimentazione riguardo la resuscitazione condotta dal Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko, nel 1940, all’istituto di terapia e fisiologia sperimentale,Voronezh, U.S.S.R.

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EXCERPTS >|< The Basic Physics of an Atomic Bomb (1950)

A series of gifs excerpted from Basic Physics of an Atomic Bomb: ”One of a series of motion pictures produced for general information on the subjects of atomic weapons defense.”

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Una serie di gif estratte da Basic Physics of an Atomic Bomb: “uno di una serie di filmati divulgativi sul tema delle armi chimiche da difesa”.

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EXCERPTS >|< Symptoms in Schizophrenia (ca. 1940S)

A video from Prelinger Archives.

A series of gifs excerpted from Symptoms in Schizophrenia: a disquieting documentary film from 1940s showing masked mental patients enacting various schizophrenic symptoms.

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Una serie di gif estratte da Symptoms in Schizophrenia: un inquietante documentario degli anni ‘40 che mostra pazienti psichiatrici con diversi sintomi di schizofrenia.

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EXCERPTS >The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962)

A series of gifs excerpted from the film The brain that wouldn’t die: a doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend’s head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

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Una serie di gif dal film The brain that wouldn’t die: un medico sperimenta una tecnica di trapianto per tenere in vita la testa della sua fidanzata, decapitata in un incidente automobilistico, quindi va alla ricerca di un nuovo corpo.

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EXCERPTS >|< The Spirit of ‘43 (1943)

A series of gifs excerpted from The Spirit of ‘43. Donald Duck deals with income taxes and their benefit to the American war effort against nazism.

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Una serie di gif estratte da The Spirit of ‘43: Paperino ha a che fare con le tasse e la loro utilità a sostegno della guerra degli americani contro i nazisti.

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EXCERPTS >|< Shake Hands With Danger (ca. 1970s)

A video from Prelinger Archives.

A series of gifs excerpted from Shake Hands With Danger, a safety film about dangers associated with earthmoving equipment operation, showing many great simulated accidents on construction sites.
CONTENT ADVISORY: May be frightening and surprising to some viewers, and contains great country-style song by a Johnny Cash-soundalike.

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Una serie di gif estratte da Shake Hands With Danger, un docufilm che mostra i pericoli connessi al il funzionamento di macchine per il movimento terra, con la simulazione di molti incidenti che possono occorrere nei grandi cantieri.

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EXCERPTS >|< 6 1/2 Magic Hours (1958)

A video from Prelinger Archives.

The comfort and delight of transatlantic air travel at the beginning of the jet age.

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Il comfort e il piacere del viaggio aereo transatlantico all’inizio della jet age.

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EXCERPTS >|< On Guard! The Story of SAGE (ca. 1956)

A video from Prelinger Archives.

A series of gifs excerpted from On Guard! The Story of SAGE. The movie introduces the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment), a heavily computerized early warning system designed to guard against enemy aircraft, realised by IBM in the early 50s.

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Una serie di gif estratte da On Guard! The Story of SAGE, un film che introduce il SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment), un sistema computerizzato di difesa da attacchi aerei realizzato dalla IBM negli anni 50.

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EXCERPTS >|< Vormittagsspuk - Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927)

A series of gifs excerpted from Ghosts Before Breakfast, an experimental film by german artist Hans Richter. The sound version - with music by Paul Hindemith - was confiscated by the Nazis as “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate art).

Directed by Hans Richter
Produced by Hans Richter
Written by Werner Graeff Hans Richter
Cinematography: Reimar Kuntze
Starring: Werner Graeff
Country: Weimar Republic

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Una serie di gif estratte da Ghosts Before Breakfast, un film sperimentale dell’artista tedesco Hans Richter. La versione con il sonoro - con le musiche di Paul Hindemith - è stata confiscata dai nazisti come “Entartete Kunst” (arte degenerata).

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EXCERPTS >|< Fantasmagorie (1908)


A series of gif excerpted from Fantasmagorie (1908), a French animated film directed by Emile Cohl and considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon.
The film was created by drawing each frame on paper and then shooting each frame onto negative film, which gave the picture a blackboard look.

The film, in all of its transformations, is a tribute to the by-then forgotten Incoherent artistic movement. The title is a reference to the “fantasmograph”, a mid-Nineteenth Century variant of the magic lantern that projected ghostly images that floated across the walls.

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Una serie di gif estratte da Fantasmagorie (1908), un film di animazione francese diretto da Emile Cohl e considerato dagli storici del cinema il primo cartone animato della storia.

Il film è stato creato disegnando a mano ogni singolo frame su carta, quindi ripreso in negativo per dare l’idea di un disegno fatto alla lavagna.

Il cartone animato è una serie continua di trasformazioni in omaggio al dimenticato movimento artistico degli Incoerenti, mentre il titolo richiama il ‘fantasmograph’, una variante di metà Ottocento della lanterna magica con cui si proiettavano immagini che si muovevano sulle pareti.

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