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Hands (1944)

- July 9, 2013 in Animated GIFs, collections, Internet Archive, Okkult, prelinger archives

A series of animated GIFs excerpted by Okkult Motion Pictures from Hands, an official war film by U.S. Army Signal Corps promoting total war mobilization, showing only human hands. You can see the full film featured on The Public Domain Review here and also on the Internet Archive as part of the Prelinger Archives collection. See more creations from Okkult Motion Pictures here in our Animated GIFs Collection. Okkult Motion Pictures is the brainchild of Marco Calabrese and Alessandro Scali from Turin, Italy. With the Excerpts project, Okkult Motion Pictures aims to bring to light the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright moving images occulted in Internet archives, through a series of animated gifs. A digital archivalism project for the diffusion of open knowledge. Okkult Motion Pictures official website: / Facebook / Twitter All Okkult animated GIFs published here under a CC-BY-SA license. HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium […]

The Knife Throwing Mother (1950)

- July 7, 2013 in Animated GIFs, collections, Internet Archive, Okkult, prelinger archives

A series of animated GIFs excerpted by Okkult Motion Pictures from a short Universal Newsreel from 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. You can see the full film featured on The Public Domain Review here and also on the Internet Archive as part of the Prelinger Archives collection. See more creations from Okkult Motion Pictures here in our Animated GIFs Collection. Okkult Motion Pictures is the brainchild of Marco Calabrese and Alessandro Scali from Turin, Italy. With the Excerpts project, Okkult Motion Pictures aims to bring to light the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright moving images occulted in Internet archives, through a series of animated gifs. A digital archivalism project for the diffusion of open knowledge. Okkult Motion Pictures official website: / Facebook / Twitter All Okkult animated GIFs published here under a CC-BY-SA license. HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! […]

Perversion for Profit (1965)

- June 19, 2013 in collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Internet Archive, prelinger archives, Underlying Work: PD U.S.

Perversion for Profit is a 1965 propaganda film financed by Charles Keating and narrated by news reporter George Putnam. A vehement diatribe against pornography, the film argues that sexually explicit materials corrupt young viewers and readers, leading to acts of violence and “perverted” attitudes regarding sex – including inclination toward homosexuality. Pornography is also painted as part of the Communist conspiracy and the motor behind the decline of Western civilization: This same type of rot and decay caused sixteen of the nineteen major civilizations to vanish from the Earth. Magnificent Egypt, classical Greece, imperial Rome, all crumbled away not because of the strength of the aggressor, but because of moral decay from within. But we are in a unique position to cure our own ills: our Constitution was written by men who put their trust in God and founded a government based in His laws. These laws are on our side. We have a constitutional guarantee of protection against obscenity. And, in this day especially, we must seek to deliver ourselves from this twisting, torturing evil. We must save our nation from decay and deliver our children from the horrors of perversion. We must make our land, ‘the land of […]

Just Imagine (1947)

- May 28, 2013 in animation, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Films, Films: 1940s, industry, Internet Archive, prelinger archives, telephone, Underlying Work: PD U.S.

Film using stop animation shows the character “Tommy Telephone” (the AT&T advertising “spokescreature” at the time) making a telephone by assembling 433 separate parts. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: Prelinger Archives Underlying Work: PD U.S. | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: Ogg | MPEG4 | Torrent HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription! Name: E-mail:

Design for Dreaming (1956)

- January 21, 2013 in 50s, advertisements, cars, collections, Films, Films: 1950s, Films: Fantasy, Films: Short, fridges, general motors, Populuxe, prelinger archives, retro-future, retrofuturism

Over the top 1950s “Populuxe” advertisement for General Motors, set at their 1956 Motors Motorama. A woman falls asleep and dreams of a glorious future of perfect products, including a variety of shiny futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire’s fully automated “Kitchen of the Future.” The star of the story is played by dancer and choreographer Tad Tadlock. The film has over the years become a popular symbol of 50s consumerist culture and was featured extensively in the BBC documentary series Pandora’s Box by Adam Curtis. Some footage was also used in the music video for Peter Gabriel’s 1987 single “In Your Eyes”, Rush’s 1989 music video for “Superconductor”, a 1989 commercial for the Nintendo Game Boy game Super Mario Land, and a 1994 commercial for Power Macintosh. Part of the film, with dialogue, is played during the opening titles for The Hills Have Eyes. Some snippets (without dialogue) are played in the video watched by Michael Douglas during his physical in The Game and in the opening titles for The Stepford Wives. (Wikipedia) The film is downloadable at the Internet Archive, and is part of the Prelinger Archive. Note this film is in the public domain in the US, but [...]

Design for Dreaming (1956)

- January 21, 2013 in 50s, advertisements, cars, collections, Films, Films: 1950s, Films: Fantasy, Films: Short, fridges, general motors, Populuxe, prelinger archives, retro-future, retrofuturism

Over the top 1950s “Populuxe” advertisement for General Motors, set at their 1956 Motors Motorama. A woman falls asleep and dreams of a glorious future of perfect products, including a variety of shiny futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire’s fully automated “Kitchen of the Future.” The star of the story is played by dancer and choreographer Tad Tadlock. The film has over the years become a popular symbol of 50s consumerist culture and was featured extensively in the BBC documentary series Pandora’s Box by Adam Curtis. It also appears in its entirety with an amusing “commentary” as a short feature in a fifth-season episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Some footage was also used in the music video for Peter Gabriel’s 1987 single “In Your Eyes”, Rush’s 1989 music video for “Superconductor”, a 1989 commercial for the Nintendo Game Boy game Super Mario Land, and a 1994 commercial for Power Macintosh. Part of the film, with dialogue, is played during the opening titles for The Hills Have Eyes. Some snippets (without dialogue) are played in the video watched by Michael Douglas during his physical in The Game and in the opening titles for The Stepford Wives. (Wikipedia) The film is downloadable [...]

Prelinger Archive 35mm Stock Footage

- March 21, 2012 in 35mm, Films, Films: 1920s, Films: 1930s, Films: 1940s, Films: 1950s, Films: 1960s, Films: Clip, Films: Ephemeral, non-article, prelinger archives, stock footage

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A fantastic new collection titled “35mm Stock Footage” has recently been uploaded by the Prelinger Archive to the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Digitized into HD from 35mm original negatives and release prints dating back to the first decade of the 20th century, these unedited sequences were shot for feature films but never used. Much of the footage is “process plates” — film shot for the rear-projection screens you see out of car, taxi and train windows in old movies. Here we have included a few highlights from the bunch – above: miniature shots of a flooding river carrying away a model house and a small plane crashing in the jungle – below: various war related footage including beautiful shots of a convoy of tanks crossing a river at night under fire, and beneath that aerial footage of military planes in flight (with some athletes running round a track sneaking in at the end).





We also recommend checking out the outtakes from these early shorts.

Note these film are in the public domain in the US, but may not be in other jurisdictions. Please check its status in your jurisdiction before re-using.




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    Your Name Here (1960)

    - November 8, 2011 in calvin communications, Films, humour, industrial film, non-article, prelinger archives



    Bizarre film from Calvin Communications, in which they satirise their own formulaic approach to industrial promotional films, showing how the idea of the “American Dream” is utilised to sell products. A real insight into the humour and tongue-in-cheek attitude lying behind a lot of the industrial films of the 50s and 60s.

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    Note this film is in the public domain in the US, but may not be in other jurisdictions. Please check its status in your jurisdiction before re-using.



    CLIPSSHORTFULL LENGTH SILENTFULL LENGTH TALKIE
    Princess Nicotine (1909) 6min

    Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) 12min

    Last of the Mohicans (1920) 1hr11min

    Meet John Doe (1941) 2hr3min

    The Unappreciated Joke (1903) 1min

    Frankenstein (1910) 13min

    The General (1926) 1hr19min

    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 1hr19mins


    The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) 21sec

    The Great Train Robbery (1903) 10min

    Wolf Blood (1925) 1hr7min

    Reefer Madness (1938) 1hr8min

    The Kiss (1896) 25secs

    Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940) 20min

    Battleship Potemkin (1925) 1hr13min

    The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) 1hr57min

    Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901) 2min

    Are You Popular (1947) 10min

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) 1hr11min

    Scarlet Street (1945) 1hr43min

    Annie Oakley Fires Her Gun (1894) 20secs

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) 13min

    For The Term of His Natural Life (1927) 1hr33min

    The Last Man on Earth (1964) 1hr27min

    Operation Cue (1955) 52sec

    Never Weaken (1921) 28min

    Intolerance (1916) 2hr57min

    Quicksand (1950) 1hr18min

    Dutch Fashion Reel (1969) 1min50sec

    Betty Boop: Minnie The Moocher (1932) 7min46sec

    The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 1hr46min

    Suddenly (1954) 1hr16mins


    Buffalo Dance (1894) 14sec

    The Cook (1918) 18min

    The Thief of Bagdad (1924) 2hr20min

    Five Minutes to Live (1961) 1hr14min

    VD is for Everybody (1969) 1min

    American Day in Tripoli, Libya (1962) 14min

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 1hr11min

    Cyrano De Bergerac (1950) 1hr53min

    The Enchanted Drawing (1900) 1min29sec

    Your Name Here (1960) 10min10sec

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    Are You Popular? (1947)

    - August 21, 2011 in are you popular, Films, non-article, prelinger archives, social guidance film



    One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films – jam-packed full of useful tips. From the Prelinger Archives.

    Download from Internet Archive

    Note this film is in the public domain in the US, but may not be in other jurisdictions. Please check its status in your jurisdiction before re-using.



    CLIPSSHORTFULL LENGTH SILENTFULL LENGTH TALKIE
    Princess Nicotine (1909) 6min

    Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) 12min

    Last of the Mohicans (1920) 1hr11min

    Meet John Doe (1941) 2hr3min

    The Unappreciated Joke (1903) 1min

    Frankenstein (1910) 13min

    The General (1926) 1hr19min

    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 1hr19mins


    The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) 21sec

    The Great Train Robbery (1903) 10min

    Wolf Blood (1925) 1hr7min

    Reefer Madness (1938) 1hr8min

    The Kiss (1896) 25 secs

    Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940) 20min

    Battleship Potemkin (1925) 1hr13min

    The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) 1hr57min

    Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901) 2min

    Are You Popular (1947) 10min

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) 1hr11min

    Scarlet Street (1945) 1hr43min

    Faust (1926) 1hr55min

    The Last Man on Earth (1964) 1hr27min