Live or Die (1978)

31 May
Director  Larry Yust (also written by)
Producer  E.C. Brown Foundation
Contributors Published by Highland Park, Ill. : Perennial EducationProduced via grant from The Blue Cross of OregonMedical Consultant: James R. Orendurff, M.D.Photographer: Howard Wexler (Wexler Films)
Length  29 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:   Through the autopsy findings of two unrelated individuals, a pathologist reconstructs the lifestyles which led to their premature deaths. Points out that each individual is responsible for his or her own health and well-being
Call # Film Mc305
Genre  Instructional
Rare  YES
Online  NO
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  YES


“That’s what she died of, but that’s not what killed her.”

The E.C. Brown Foundation gave a private financial boost for family life and sex education in Oregon starting in the 1930’s.  The three-fold purpose of the then trust and now foundation were 1) the social hygiene on behalf of the youth of Oregon, 2) a reverence for the married state, and 3) the prevention of sexual abuse especially venereal disease. At it’s beginning it was based here at the University of Oregon.  We have many E.C. Brown Foundation films here at the UO film archive including A Family Talks About Sex and How to be a Good Kid.

Larry Yust, director and writer of this film worked many times with the E.C. Brown Foundation including on A Family Talks About Sex.  Yust’s film career began with a series of health and safety films for EB made in 1957, followed by a number of science shorts made in conjunction with Dr. Al Baez.  He also made academic films for Wexler Films (via the E.C. Brown Foundation), televison dramas for PBS, and directed three feature films.

One Response to “Live or Die (1978)”

  1. Super 8mm cameras March 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    I just watched my 16mm copy of this film 🙂 kinda strange but it was ok.

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