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Rose’s House (1977)

15 Mar
Director Clay Borris
Producer Unknown
Contributors Author & publisher National Film Board of Canada; writers Paulette Jiles, Clay Borris; starring Rose Maltais-Borris, Albert Borris, and Ronald Maltais
Length  58 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Fictional film about working class life in a boarding house run by Rose in Toronto.
Call #  Mc281
Genre  Experimental
Rare  Yes
Online  No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition  Good/fair
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

Rose’s House follows the crazy tenants of Rose’s boarding house in Toronto. One tenant has a gambling problem, one has a drinking problem, and one sells illicit items; however, Rose has no problem cooking and cleaning for her tenants, as she is most concerned with her son.

Rose’s House was published under the National Film Board of Canada; however, it is not available on their website and there is little information on the making.

The Jolly Corner (1977)

15 Mar
Director Arthur Barron
Producer Robert Geller
Contributors Contributed by Perspective Films
Length  43 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  Looks at a large mental hospital and shows parts of patient-therapist sessions
Call #  Md119
Genre  Feature
Rare No
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Good/fair
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

This movie was adapted from the 1908 book, The Jolly Corner by Henry James. 

The Quiet One (1948)

15 Mar
Director Sidney Meyers
Producer Janice Loeb
Contributors Starring Donald Thompson; screenplay & editing Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, Sidney Meyers; commentary & dialogue James Agee; narrator Gary Merrill; music Ulysses Kay; made in cooperation with the Wiltwyck School for Boys, at Esopus, N.Y.
Length  67 minutes
B&W/Color b&w
UO Library Catalog description: A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Negro boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured.
Call #  Mc32
Genre  Documentary
Rare  No
Online  Yes
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Poor
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

Dubbed a “genuine masterpiece” by the New York Times, The Quiet One documents a 10 year old African American boy during his time at the Wiltwyck School for Boys. Loathed and essentially abandoned by his family, Donald Peters was sent away after falling into a deep depression. During his time spent at Wiltwyck, psychiatrists were slowly able to gain his trust and council him through his trauma.

Although a black actor was selected to play the part of Donald, his race had nothing to do with the movie; instead, the director chose to focus on the boy’s psychological issues and the process of his recovery.

While the issue of race is never commented on in the documentary, Wiltwyck originally opened its doors to African American children in 1936, and then transitioned into an interracial school in 1942. It was heavily financially supported by Eleanor Roosevelt until her death in 1962. Without her help, Wiltwyck was unable to continue and shut down in 1981.

The Golden Honeymoon (1980)

15 Mar
Director  Noel Black
Producer  Robert Geller
Contributors Perspective Films; distributed by Coronet Films; Writers Frederic Hunger and Ring Lardner; starring James Whitmore, Teresa Wright, and Larry Loonin
Length  52 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Based on the story of the same title by Ring Lardner, about an elderly couple who takes a winter vacation in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the 1920’s, and discovers that 50 years of marriage have not prevented the arousal of old jealousies nor diminished the chances of an even deeper love.
Call #  Md121
Genre  Feature film
Rare  No
Online  Available on Netflix and from various other retailers
Copyright status  Protected
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

The Golden Honeymoon is an adaptation of Ring Lardner’s The Golden Honeymoon. Written in 1922, the short story follows a couple celebrating their honeymoon during their golden years. The 1980 television film version opened for the second season of PBS’ American Playhouse on February 4th. It was directed by Noel Black who won an award in 1966 at the Cannes Film Festival for his short silent film Skaterdater, which was also nominated for an Academy Award; The Golden Honeymoon was produced by Robert Geller who is known for Seize the Day with Robin Williams, and The Jolly Corner which is on hold in the Knight Library 16mm film section.

The Bed (1968)

15 Mar
Director James Broughton
Producer  Unknown
Contributors  Publisher: San Francisco: Released by Multi-Media Resources Center; Starring Florence Allen, Gavin Arthur, and Imogen Cunningham
Length  20 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Presents the saga of the bed as the center of life, from birth to death. Describes human sexuality in a humorous way
Call # Mc337
Genre  Experimental
Rare  No, very well known
Online  For sale on Best Buy and Amazon
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

Made during the “summer of love”, The Bed projects the quintessential feel and attitude of San Francisco: free, experimental, humorous, loving, weird, and accepting of all things bizarre and unconventional. It is part of MoMA’s collection and continues to be revisited from time to time.

Broughton, a San Francisco artist, was known for his poetry and films, especially The Potted Psalm and Mother’s Day, which helped kick off the West Coast experimental film scene–he also played a big role in the San Francisco Renaissance. Broughton started making films around the age of 30 during a dark time of his life. They pulled him out of his black hole and essentially saved his life. Broughton also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute where, according to SF Weekly, “he developed a cult following amongst his students.” He was accepting, unconventional, and always encouraged people to “follow your own weird.”

Doorways to the Past: Timberline Lodge, Legacy of the 30s (1980)

14 Feb
Director John Rausch
Producer Elizabeth Patapoff
Contributors Photographer Ed Geis; Music Marguarite Ely; Narration by WPA Project participants
Length 30 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: Original photographs and clippings combined with newer color views trace the construction of Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Narration is done by people who participated in WPA project
Call # Mc323
Genre Art film/documentary
Rare Yes
Online Available for purchase as a series on Amazon.com
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Good
Oregon-related Yes

Notes: 

Completed in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration–which employed millions of people to carry out projects such as these–project, the Timberline Hotel doubles as historic landmark and popular vacation destination. It is home to Oregon’s first chairlift, America’s second aerial passenger tram, and serves as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. 

Harvest of Shame (1960)

14 Feb
Director Fred W. Friendly
Producer David Lowe
Contributors Narrator and reporter Edward R. Murrow; CBS Productions
Length 54 minutes
B&W/Color B&W
UO Library Catalog description: Shows the degradation and exploitation of millions of migratory farm workers in the United States. Spokesmen for the groups present their views, both for and against the use of migratory workers under the conditions seen.
Call # Mc85
Genre Documentary
Rare Yes
Online http://youtu.be/yJTVF_dya7E
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition 2 reels: both good
Oregon-related No

Notes: 

Released a few days after Thanksgiving, 1960, Harvest of Shame is one of the most well known and important documentaries today. It focuses on the abuse of migrant farm works, and Fred W. Friendly (director) said it aimed “to shock the consciousness of the nation.” Harvest of Shame was narrated by the well known CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow, and produced by David Lowe, a colleague of Friendly and Murrow’s. Lowe said they chose to broadcast the film during the holiday season because:

“We felt that by scheduling the program the day after Thanksgiving, we could stress the fact that much of the food cooked for Thanksgiving throughout the country was picked by migratory workers. We hoped that the pictures of how these people live and work would shock the consciousness of the nation.”

The film was revisited in 2010 when CBS re-reported on migrant workers. The article can be found here.

Abnormal Behavior: A Mental Hospital (1971)

14 Feb
Director  Neil Reichline, Tom Lazarus
Producer  Tom Lazarus
Contributors  Photographer Neil Reichline; Editor Cliff Fenneman; Author/Publisher CRM Productions; Released by McGraw-Hill Films
Length  26 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  Looks at a large mental hospital and shows parts of patient-therapist sessions
Call #  Mc315
Genre  Documentary
Rare  No
Online  No
Copyright status  Unprotected
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

Tom Lazarus teaches for UCLA Extension, UCSB, and CSU Northridge, and is most well known for his movie Stigmata and award-winning educational films which he once received Best Educational Film of the Year for. He has worked in advertising, won a grammy for album cover design, and his book, Secrets of Film Writing was published in 2001. He has two dogs Ruby and Morgan, and a wife, Stevie.

Venereal Disease: the Hidden Epidemic (1973)

14 Feb
Director  Tom Smith
Producer  Tom Smith
Contributors  Collaborators: Walter Smartt and James Miller; Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp.
Length  27 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  Presents a brief history of venereal disease, examines the symptoms of syphilis and gonorrhea and the microorganisms which cause these diseases, and emphasizes the importance and methods of treatment.
Call # Mb271
Genre  Instructional
Rare  Yes
Online  No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No

Notes: 

Screened in conjunction with Damaged Lives at a Public event at the Library of Congress in 2006.

Reviewed in Five Films on Human Sexuality in volume II issue 1 of Teaching of Psychology. The article also reviewed The Sexually Mature Adult which is also found in the UO library.

Writer/director/producer Tom Smith has worked on over 60 films. After George Lucas screened Smith’s film, Solar System, Smith was hired to manage the visual effects for Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Poltergeist, Star Trek II & III, Return of the Jedi, and Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. He went on to receive a British Academy Award for his visual effects work on Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and has received acknowledgment for his work on 3-D Disney rides (AFANA).

 

Look Before You Eat (1978)

14 Feb
Director George McQuilkin
Producer George McQuilkin
Contributors Churchill Films; Editors: Bill Haugse, Max Reid, Joan Dye Gussow, Jerry Day, and Sandra Schulberg
Length 22 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: Beginning with a dramatized vignette of a romantic candlelit meal featuring frozen tv dinners, this film looks at the roles of advertisers, the food industry, fast food outlets and vending machines in influencing diet. Also considers the aspect of diet-related diseases, as several students are asked to report after reducing their personal intake of salt, sugar and fat by avoiding commercially-processed foods, to underscore the importance of proper nutrition and diet.
Call # Mb284
Genre Documentary
Rare No
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Good
Oregon-related No

Notes:

Churchill Films has produced and distributed many direct-to-video films including the Frog and Toad series, The Adventures of Curious George, and other various educational films. Interestingly, Look Before You Eat is not found on the imdb Churchill film list.

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