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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. Ephemeral film, as defined by film archivist Rick Prelinger, is film made for a specific purpose other than as a work of art: the films were designed to serve a specific pragmatic purpose.

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  • While this 1966 films producers should be applauded for their sensible approach in teaching parents how to talk to kids about sex, the awkward reading of cue cards and embarrassing situations will produce nervous giggles among even the most jaded audiences. This film was produced by some of the pioneers of sex education whose ideas are still being challenged by school boards today.


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    EphemeralFilms
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  • 1961 Homophobic film targeted at teenage boys, urging them to avoid encounters with potential molesters. A very outdated film that you don't have to be gay to realize this crap is just messed up! There is very confusing sick errors in this film about the difference between homosexual, molesters, sexual predators and pedophiles. They are not the same and it's a shame that a lot of people today still can't make the separation. Homosexuals don't want to be labeled pedophiles, religious groups don't want to separate the topics, and the media just wants to have a field day with it producing the most outrageous results.


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  • 1968 Johnson & Johnson commercial short film. In the early days of "sex ed", producers of feminine hygiene products were quick to produce educational films targeting girls that would prominently feature their products. In this one, a mom tells her young daughter all about the wonders of the Modess line of products, while trying to help her cope with the changes her body is undergoing. Later, her her teacher calls on her to help explain menstruation to the other girls in the class. All the boys that were excluded from these sessions may now finally discover what happened when the girls all went off to that "special class" together.


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  • Shows how to approach and handle animals, both wild and domestic, with an emphasis on dogs and horses. Surveys the general field of safety around animals pointing out the need for knowledge and skill, the dangers in handling wild animals and how to handle trained animals. Filmmakers seems to torment both kids and animals in the process of making this film. The decent footage of foxes, raccoons, bear cubs, squirrels and owls at the begining of the film is a nice bonus.


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  • Sonny Bono appears onscreen to tell kids that marijuana is a "bummer" that turns you into a "weedhead" and will make you "trip out" (the fact that, based upon his performance, Sonny appears to have ingested unknown substances before the cameras started rolling tends to limit the film's crediblity somewhat). The film is actually a lot of fun! You will be disturbed, yet hysterical all the way through.


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  • This is a 1975 short film created by Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania and hosted by Richard Dix. It was intended to inform people about the need to educate the mentally disabled ("trainables," as they are referred to in the film) about sex. Reflecting the views of the time, the film explains that "trainables" cannot learn in the same manner as those of normal intelligence, but must instead be trained through repetition. This movie is used in an episode of The Residents video series TIMMY called TIMMY and the Sex Lesson. -- Please Leave Comments --


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  • This 1953 films is about the social sex development of Bill and Mary and how they came to meet, fall in love and marry. Teenagers and children in every stage from infancy through marriage including toddlers, teens, young adults, dating, going steady, parties, juvenile crushes, petting. A real 50s time capsule. Lorne Greene acts as narrator on this piece


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  • (1958) Teens Bud and Jack, eager to get some alcohol from the liquor store, ask the adult to buy it for them. Instead, the adult tells them a story of three teenagers who learn the hard way that "alcohol is a violent narcotic. In true Sid Davis form, the story ends with one innocent teen being killed and one who becomes an alcoholic bum, leaving the others to deal with guilt from their night of reckless abandon


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  • This 1966 film was made to instruct police officers on the basics of childbirth and to show them an actual birth - mostly so they wouldn't panic or pass out when confronted with such a scenario. WARNING! The poor acting by actual police officers and doctors and low production values in this film make the live birth scene even more shocking than others from this genre.


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  • On the surface, this 1957 film may seem like an average science film about time and space, but like most of films from the Moody Institute of Science, there is an ulterior motive. While revealing the complexity of nature, their films would end with Moon saying that this complexity was part of God's plan rather than evolution. Moody Institute of Science films were marketed to churches and also to public schools where today even the mention of the word God sparks a conflagration of protests and court cases.


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  • Early atomic weapons testing. Actual footage of nuclear bomb testing, the scientists and military people involved in a the South Pacific and the American Southwest. Frighteningly slim and few precautions are taken with the lives of those people who jobs were to be present at the test sites. Film purports to prove that survival of nuclear attack is possible.


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  • Frightening civil defense procedure film aimed at Cold War-era elementary school students. Explains steps to take in case of an atomic bomb alert or a bombing without warning at school, in the open or at home. Gives simple explanation of nuclear fusion.


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  • How to prepare a tea party for you and your friends - Let's Give a Tea 16 Koda print; has break in middle.


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  • Explains the reasoning behind attractive and correct tea-table arranging. Obsessive compulsive personality disorder comes to the small screen! See an old biddy teach a young biddy how to meticulously set up a tea table adhering to an endless array of petty rules. The result is a symmetrical arrangements lacking any sense of esthetics. As you watch this, notice that Mother Time consistently makes minor corrections to her student by moving the tableware a faction of an inch this way or that way.


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  • The American tradition of the buffet supper is shown in its simple preparation. A "must" for the homemaker or hostess. That any intelligent person would care enough about this subject and think it is so important as to make a film about it is astonding. Martha Stewart must have grown up on this.


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  • 1941 Dramatized history of the Coca-Cola company and some of the people who participated in its origin and growth. Made in the style of a feature film. Regardless of either you do, or don't like this film, You have to take it for what it is. And simply put, I think it is a really cool old film that depicts life in a simpler time, when it was still OK to leave little Susie out on a bench in front of the store.


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  • This 1965 film teaches the individual how to take care of his medical and health needs in time of disaster when medical assistance might not be readily available. Presents instructions on radioactive fallout and shelter. Discusses the effects of radiation on people and emphasizes protective procedures against radiation.


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  • A 1971 partially-animated, humorous short that illustrates how drinking alcohol can impair one's judgement when driving. Animation by Pat Oliphant This short film shows a range rover driving around the beautiful Colorado countryside, and in another side story, shows the history of people driving (or in the caveman’s story, carrying) and drinking, all with the predictable results.


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  • 1965 Public service announcements by the U.S. Civil Defense office inform farmers what to do in case of nuclear attack using marionettes. Well, when these PSAs were designed, obviously the creepiness factor was considered to get people to pay attention.


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  • (1955) So you've spent all this money on the latest appliances, but you still aren't happy. Perhaps it is because your water is "old fashioned". This film sells the housewife on buying a water softener for the home even if they already have soft water.


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    EphemeralFilms
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