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(DNA Info)   Lost 1945 color film from Chicago Board of Education discovered and digitized, featuring deep-voiced narrator who promotes the most American of American cities to tourists and families. Holy Cow   (dnainfo.com ) divider line
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2014-04-05 01:35:00 PM  
Very cool! Thank you, subby
 
2014-04-05 05:09:09 PM  
It made me sad, I'm not sure why.
 
2014-04-05 05:15:04 PM  
My mother is in her 80s and one of the things I never realized until recently was that before the advent of the internet, before the advent of TV, that most people got their news of the world from the movies and radio. She said that as a girl her father would take the family once a month to the movies and there would be a 1/2 news program before each feature film. To her the internet is mind-boggling with its instant news cycle and on the spot-video. To use her word, the world was much more "cloistered" then. So when you watch the movie in the article realize that for many of the viewers this is all they would ever see of Chicago in their lifetimes.
 
2014-04-05 05:17:51 PM  
Interesting that it was sponsored by United Air Lines...given Chicago at the time was a huge passenger railway hub.  You could get anywhere via Chicago via rail.
 
2014-04-05 05:20:40 PM  
I kept expecting Mike and the bots to start riffing on it.
 
2014-04-05 05:35:45 PM  

crotchgrabber: I kept expecting Mike and the bots to start riffing on it.


Get out of my head!

"INDUSTRY! Science and technology! Building a better tomorrow!"
 
2014-04-05 05:45:47 PM  

Iron Felix: Interesting that it was sponsored by United Air Lines...given Chicago at the time was a huge passenger railway hub.  You could get anywhere via Chicago via rail.


A film done from rail wouldn't look quite as awesome, although it would still be interesting.
 
2014-04-05 05:58:52 PM  
There's nothing positive I can say about it.
 
2014-04-05 06:03:04 PM  

Molavian: There's nothing positive I can say about it.


They talk about the Museum of Science and Industry, the greatest museum in the world.
 
2014-04-05 06:09:05 PM  
One of the best films of this kind from that era.  Love the slow moving cars, people at the beach and bustling city streets.  Hardly saw any black or hispanic people or neighborhoods however. Mostly all white people.  It must have been filmed after World War II.  Didn't see that many soldiers/sailors and people looked too happy for a war to be going on.
 
2014-04-05 06:10:30 PM  
Looks and sounds like a Wochenschau in English.
 
2014-04-05 06:10:36 PM  

ebenbane: It made me sad, I'm not sure why.

Maybe all the cows, sheep, and pigs getting ready to be slaughtered.  Made me a bit sad.

 
2014-04-05 06:10:39 PM  
I see all I need to of 21st century Chicago from watching Shameless....
 
2014-04-05 06:23:48 PM  

worlddan: My mother is in her 80s and one of the things I never realized until recently was that before the advent of the internet, before the advent of TV, that most people got their news of the world from the movies and radio. She said that as a girl her father would take the family once a month to the movies and there would be a 1/2 news program before each feature film. To her the internet is mind-boggling with its instant news cycle and on the spot-video. To use her word, the world was much more "cloistered" then. So when you watch the movie in the article realize that for many of the viewers this is all they would ever see of Chicago in their lifetimes.


And they should be thankful of that, much as I am: about a minute in, they're talking about Lincoln Park.  At present, there are gang signs covering most every surface of the park(grass and dirt not so much, I'd guess), and it is a no-man's land where the cops won't bother responding.  Removing any gang tags, whether you are a gang member or a city worker, is seen as a capital crime by the various gangs who are rivals for control of the drug trafficking turf.

/currently sitting 15 feet from 2 friends, both from chicago, who have told me point blank I wouldn't last 3 minutes in their hoods
//one black, one jewish ... I have motley friends...
 
2014-04-05 06:23:53 PM  
The music is lovely. I kept expecting Loretta Young to pop out from behind a pair of French doors!
 
2014-04-05 06:27:34 PM  
I love that kind of stuff!  Thanks
 
2014-04-05 06:28:55 PM  

Trance354: worlddan: My mother is in her 80s and one of the things I never realized until recently was that before the advent of the internet, before the advent of TV, that most people got their news of the world from the movies and radio. She said that as a girl her father would take the family once a month to the movies and there would be a 1/2 news program before each feature film. To her the internet is mind-boggling with its instant news cycle and on the spot-video. To use her word, the world was much more "cloistered" then. So when you watch the movie in the article realize that for many of the viewers this is all they would ever see of Chicago in their lifetimes.

And they should be thankful of that, much as I am: about a minute in, they're talking about Lincoln Park.  At present, there are gang signs covering most every surface of the park(grass and dirt not so much, I'd guess), and it is a no-man's land where the cops won't bother responding.  Removing any gang tags, whether you are a gang member or a city worker, is seen as a capital crime by the various gangs who are rivals for control of the drug trafficking turf.

/currently sitting 15 feet from 2 friends, both from chicago, who have told me point blank I wouldn't last 3 minutes in their hoods
//one black, one jewish ... I have motley friends...


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Ready to kick ass at any moment
 
2014-04-05 06:44:24 PM  

Son of Thunder: crotchgrabber: I kept expecting Mike and the bots to start riffing on it.

Get out of my head!

"INDUSTRY! Science and technology! Building a better tomorrow!"


Chicago, America's BOOZE capital!
 
2014-04-05 07:03:49 PM  

Son of Thunder


crotchgrabber: I kept expecting Mike and the bots to start riffing on it.

Get out of my head!

"INDUSTRY! Science and technology! Building a better tomorrow!"


"Gentle pressure..."

*fwoosh*

"AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH, MY EYES!"
 
2014-04-05 07:05:19 PM  
featuring deep-voiced narrator

that's not just a deep-voiced narrator

that's johnnieneblett!!!
 
2014-04-05 08:25:36 PM  
That canoe at 8:59 seems badly photoshopped for some reason.
 
2014-04-05 08:34:52 PM  
Sharp eyes might also notice some sitting dude getting slapped by his girlfriend at 14:07 who then gets up and leaves.
 
2014-04-05 08:37:38 PM  
I just returned from a trip to Taipei and Shenzhen.

The film reminds me of the promo propaganda movie they were showing on the ferry back to Hong Kong Airport....and the pollution stained buildings remind me of pretty much everything in Taipei
 
2014-04-05 09:35:59 PM  

Trance354: worlddan: My mother is in her 80s and one of the things I never realized until recently was that before the advent of the internet, before the advent of TV, that most people got their news of the world from the movies and radio. She said that as a girl her father would take the family once a month to the movies and there would be a 1/2 news program before each feature film. To her the internet is mind-boggling with its instant news cycle and on the spot-video. To use her word, the world was much more "cloistered" then. So when you watch the movie in the article realize that for many of the viewers this is all they would ever see of Chicago in their lifetimes.

And they should be thankful of that, much as I am: about a minute in, they're talking about Lincoln Park.  At present, there are gang signs covering most every surface of the park(grass and dirt not so much, I'd guess), and it is a no-man's land where the cops won't bother responding.  Removing any gang tags, whether you are a gang member or a city worker, is seen as a capital crime by the various gangs who are rivals for control of the drug trafficking turf.


You say that, but if you look at the google photos of the park, it's pretty clean - no graffiti in sight, lots of little kids, looks reasonably well maintained.

And I was just up there last fall, the bits of the park I saw (wasn't much of it, but I was in the park) didn't look like there were any gang signs at all.

Has it changed over the winter?
 
2014-04-05 09:38:43 PM  

Son of Thunder: crotchgrabber: I kept expecting Mike and the bots to start riffing on it.

Get out of my head!

"INDUSTRY! Science and technology! Building a better tomorrow!"


"In the future, we will travel at the speed of light; they'll have to lose your luggage before you leave!"
 
2014-04-05 09:40:51 PM  

ISO15693: Sharp eyes might also notice some sitting dude getting slapped by his girlfriend at 14:07 who then gets up and leaves.


Good catch.
 
2014-04-05 10:53:07 PM  
Dust, scratches, and defects that are there because they are actually part of the history of the film, not because some douchebag decided it looked cool. Awesome.
 
2014-04-06 04:18:13 AM  

susler: ISO15693: Sharp eyes might also notice some sitting dude getting slapped by his girlfriend at 14:07 who then gets up and leaves.

Good catch.


Fantastic! Let's Zapruder that shiat:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-06 04:23:06 AM  
Better yet:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-06 08:54:52 AM  
Thanks subby, that was really great!

billybobtoo: The music is lovely. I kept expecting Loretta Young to pop out from behind a pair of French doors!


...with a diaphanous gown flowing elegantly around her
 
2014-04-06 10:42:10 AM  

eldie: One of the best films of this kind from that era.  Love the slow moving cars, people at the beach and bustling city streets.  Hardly saw any black or hispanic people or neighborhoods however. Mostly all white people.  It must have been filmed after World War II.  Didn't see that many soldiers/sailors and people looked too happy for a war to be going on.


I would have liked them to show off that flagship of progressive social engineering, Cabrini-Green
 
2014-04-06 11:54:11 AM  

ebenbane: It made me sad, I'm not sure why.


Because by 300 AD, even the average Roman was aware that the Empire wasn't what it had been.
 
2014-04-06 05:00:56 PM  
Every show I see with Chicago (The Crazy Ones, Ferris Bueller, Risky business, home alone, Chicago Fire) in it makes me want to go visit it.. and this film, well- it just looks stunning.. is it for the most part relatively safe? Like Vancouver or Seattle safe? or is it absolutely not a place you would want to visit without someone who knows their way around and where to stay away from,, like LA or Detroit?
 
2014-04-06 05:32:37 PM  

Valiente: ebenbane: It made me sad, I'm not sure why.

Because by 300 AD, even the average Roman was aware that the Empire wasn't what it had been.


You know, I was going to post something along those lines. Well, I wasn't bringing into the Romans into it.

Anyway, I've visited Chicago only once (about 10 years ago). I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted it to be great. Somehow, I got the impression that everything good was somehow behind it now. Hard to explain.

This film brought it home. There was so much optimism in the film. It was after all the gang violence that they were known for in the twenties and thirties. The war was over. Everything was ahead of them. They had no reason to not be optimistic.

Going forward there was racial tension, corruption, political issues, etc. Now it just seems to be a rusty shadow of its former self. Industry has moved away. Newspapers are fading away. I see now that even Sears is going away. It does make me sad. I want Chicago to be great, I fear that it won't be.
 
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