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Blowhard (1978)

15 Mar
Director Brad Caslor & Christopher Hinton
Producer Jerry Krepakevich
Contributors National Film Board of Canada
Length 10 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: A humorous story about a community of dragons, satirizing the world’s foolish mismanagement and unprincipled manipulation of oil supplies. Designed to encourage discussion of energy conservation.
Call # Ma204
Genre animation
Rare No
Online Yes
Copyright status ©1978 National Film Board of Canada
Physical condition Poor
Oregon-related No

Notes:

The animator for Blowhard, Christopher Hinton, was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, for Nibbles (2003) and Blackfly (1991), a National Film Board of Canada production.

Watch Christopher Hinton’s films!

Blowhard

Nibbles

Blackfly

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Modern France, the land and the people (1950)

15 Mar
Director Unknown
Producer David A. Smart
Contributors Coronet Instructional FilmsEducational Collaborator: Clyde F. Kohn, Ph.D.
Length  11 minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description: Depicts the France of this day, from the wheat fields of Normandy to the steel mills of Nancy. Pictures steel workers, grape growers, fishermen, and truck gardeners.
Call # Ma74
Genre documentary
Rare No
Online Yes
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition Fair
Oregon-related No

Notes:

David A. Smart  was the co-founer of Esquire Magazine and co-publisher of Coronet alongside his brother Alfred Smart. The two created Coronet Films, a successful production and distribution company which made educational films from 1946 to the early 1970s.

Some of Coronet’s films became kitschy the older they got. Some films, after entering the public domain, became fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000, a TV show that takes place on a spaceship and follows three characters, Joel (later Mike), Tom Servo, and Crow who are trapped in the spaceship by a mad scientist and forced to watch terrible movies. They turn to heckling for the duration of the film for entertainment, offering commentary and jokes. The Coronet films that were featured on this cult show are Are You Ready for Marriage?, What to Do on a Date, and Shy Guy.

Moral Development (1973)

15 Mar
Director  Tom Lazarus
Producer  CRM Productions
Contributors  Dr. David Rosenhani
Length  28 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Examines two of the major theories in the field of moral development by using Dr. Stanley Milgrim’s famous obedience experiment to pose a serious moral dilemma. Features Dr. David Rosenhani.
Call # Mc201
Genre Instructional
Rare  No
Online  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Poor
Oregon-related  No

Notes:

Moral Developement won several awards, including the Special Jury Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, the Silver Medal at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Golden Eagle at CINE, and the Bronze Plaque at the Columbus Film Festival. It was one of director Tom Lazarus’ most winningest educational films.

Lazarus’ site contains his filmography of all of his educational films. It’s definitely worth perusing!

Bird Brain – The Mystery of Bird Navigation (1974)

15 Mar
Director  Unknown
Producer Tony Edwards
Contributors Time-Life Films & BBCWritten by: Tony EdwardsEditors: Christopher Wooley & Bruce NormanGraphics: Bob Cummins
Length  26 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Follows complicated avian experiments that examine birds’ abilities to migrate and home. Focuses mainly on the homing pigeon.
Call # Mc254
Genre  Instructional, Documentary, Experimental
Rare  No
Online  No, but it is available on Hulu if you have an account.
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No

Notes:

This short educational film appeared on the first season of NOVA in 1974, but was originally shown on the BBC TV series “Horizon”.

Maintaining Classroom Discipline (1947)

15 Mar
Director Unknown
Producer McGraw-Hill Book Co.,
Contributors Raleigh Schorling
Length 14 minutes
B&W/Color B&W
UO Library Catalog description: By contrasting methods of handling the same class, explores techniques for securing class discipline and stimulating the interest of students. Presents basic principles of method which help towards productivity and mutually satisfactory class control.
Call # Mb10
Genre  instructional
Rare  No
Online  Yes
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No

Notes:

Raleigh Schorling was the Professor of Education at the University of Michigan from 1923 – 1950, and was also the Head of the Department of Mathematics in the University High School.

Here’s a link to his faculty page at the UofM.

The Crazy Ray (1927)

15 Mar
Director René Clair
Producer Henri Diamant-Berger
Contributors Film Arts Guild, Eastin-Phelan Corp., released by Blackhawk Films
Length 35 minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description: none
Call # Mb154
Genre feature
Rare  No (available online and on DVD)
Online  Yes
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition Poor
Oregon-related  No

Notes:

The Crazy Ray (1925), also titled “At 3:25” and “Paris qui dort”, is a short film about an Eiffel Tower nightwatchman who finds that all of Paris is frozen in time. He meets up with a group of Parisians who evaded this strange phenomenon, and the they celebrate their newfound freedom by eating at a restaurant, taking money, wearing fancy clothes, and living in the Eiffel Tower.

René Clair is one of the most celebrated French filmmakers of the silent era. His most notable films include And Then There Were None and Le Silence est d’or, which both won Best Picture at the Locarno International Film Festival. His film A nous la liberté (1936) created some controversy when Charlie Chaplin released his film Modern Times (1936). Modern Times contained some similarities to Clair’s film, including the conveyor belt scenes. Clair showed great admiration for Chaplin, and said that if Chaplin did get any inspiration from his film, that it would be an honor. Clair, not wanting to participate in any legal recourse, settled out of court.

The Sensory World (1971)

15 Mar
Director Unknown
Producer Tom Lazarus
Contributors CRM ProductionsMcGraw-Hill Films

Editor: James D. Young

Length 33 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: An animated film, which shows a voyage through the human body to demonstrate the operation of the senses. Includes experiments showing sensory phenomena and confusion.
Call # Mc200
Genre animation, instructional
Rare No (available on VHS)
Online No
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition Fair; several splices, pink tinge
Oregon-related No

Notes:

Tom Lazarus began his filmmaking career as a writer, director, and producer of educational and business films. His awards from that time include over two dozen international film festival awards and honors including Best Educational Film of the Year at the San Francisco Film Festival.

Lazarus then wrote for TV. He was a staff writer/producer for such shows as “Jake and the Fatman”, “Stingray”, and “War of the Worlds”.

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