Wacky educational flicks live on at A/V Geeks
05:00 AM, Mar 22, 2013
Even though ridiculous videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute, nothing holds a candle to some of the insane educational videos that were made in the ’60s and ’70s.
Case in point: If Mirrors Could Speak, a film that tried to persuade children to behave, shows mischievous kids wearing evil clown makeup. It’s both mesmerizing and horrifying:
And if you grew up in the ’70s, you may remember this odd PSA about venereal disease that featured a catchy jingle and a parade of smiling, productive people:
Many more videos like these can be found on the A/V Geeks Film Archive, an “ephemeral film collection (of) 24,000 films gathered from school auctions, thrift stores, closets and dumpsters.”
Curator Skip Elsheimer is pretty famous for his collection; Pop reader/guest blogger Zack Smith has told me about his screenings in Raleigh, which I hope to attend one day.
Next time you have a few minutes, I urge you to dig through the site, where you’re bound to find a few wacky gems. I’m guessing the most popular film on A/V Geeks is the 1966 cult flick Year 1999 AD, which imagined what life would be like at the dawn of the 21st century. For everything it gets wrong (sadly, houses never became “hexagon modules”), it gets several things sorta right, particularly when it comes to technology:
Thanks to @footage for the heads-up.