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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.

In addition to these classic collections, you may view guidance films from the post-World War II British government, drive-in movie intermission ads, and videos documenting the history of San Francisco from 1906 to the early 21st Century. Many of these films are available for free download.

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The A/V Geeks Film Archive is an ephemeral film collection curated by Skip Elsheimer. What started as a hobby more than ten years is now a lifetime commitment. His collection has grown to over 25,000 films gathered from school auctions, thrift stores, closets and dumpsters. He presents themed film shows in his home base of Raleigh, North Carolina and he's taken his shows on the road across the United States. Films from Skip's archive have been released on DVDs. For more information about A/V...
Topic: Moving Images
4.2M 4.2M Educational Films collection 4,252 ITEMS 4.2M VIEWS Oct 6, 2014 10/14 collection
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This collection features vintage educational films from a variety of sources. Films intended for educational purposes are an enormous, often neglected part of the twentieth century media landscape. Archived here are corporate and government sponsored films; classroom academic films instructing students in science and the humanities, and classroom guidance films on sex education, manners, and morality; military training films; medical films aimed at the public or at health practitioners;...
Topics: educational, 16mm Film
1.8M 1.8M Drive-In Movie Ads collection 158 ITEMS 1.8M VIEWS May 22, 2006 05/06 collection
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Super short advertisements used during intermission at drive-in movie theaters during the 1950's and early 1960's to get people to consume junk food from the concession stand, may be viewed here. Warning: watching these ads may make you hungry!
1.2M 1.2M PeriscopeFilm collection 3,234 ITEMS 1.2M VIEWS Mar 2, 2010 03/10 collection
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Periscope Film LLC's archive is one of the largest military film collections in private hands. It includes rare training, combat, recruiting and history films made by the U.S. Government from 1914 through the mid-1980s. Subjects include the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and civilian aviation, and conflicts from the Spanish-American War through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Periscope Film also maintains the premiere library of WWII and Cold War U.S. Navy submarine films. Nearly...
Topics: military, veterans, world war I, world war II
1M 1.0M British Government Public Information Films collection 22 ITEMS 1M VIEWS Oct 7, 2005 10/05 by The National Archives (UK) collection
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This small collection of public information films from the British government produced during the years 1945 to 1952 is quite entertaining. Topics include public health, travel, traffic, education, and the military. A film of the Berlin Airlift is included.
943,372 943K Shaping San Francisco collection 299 ITEMS 943,372 VIEWS Feb 26, 2005 02/05 by Internet Archive collection
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Highlights of the people's history of San Francisco are featured in these short video clips: footage from just after the 1906 Quake , views of the 1917 Ironworkers Strike , Mayor Rossi's speech during the 1934 General Strike , Harvey Milk's last words , scenes from the "White Night Riot's," and a look at a 1991 Anti-war Demonstration are just a few of the many eclectic pieces that make up this collection. Click for more informaton on the Shaping San Francisco project. Click to listen...
Topic: Moving Images
723,910 724K Ephemeral VHS collection 611 ITEMS 723,910 VIEWS Feb 21, 2013 02/13 collection
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Made for VHS! Uploaded by users, these video tapes are selected for general interest and apparently not having made it to DVD, therefore are ephemeral vhs, or the native vhs genre. Enjoy!  If you have a digitized VHS to add, please upload your digitized VHS to the Community VHS collection .
Topics: ephemera, vhs
British Government Public Information Films 634,306 634K Modern Guide to Health Oct 7, 2005 10/05 movies
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Animation short promoting general health awareness. NHS in 1947. Public health. Public Health Campaign Films. Post War era. Humorous cartoon treatment of general health problems: correct posture; the value of exercise and fresh air; the importance of suitable clothes; how to avoid insomnia.
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Topics: Public health, cartoon
A/V Geeks 243,417 243K Sudden Birth Sep 6, 2004 09/04 movies
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This 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. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 29 reviews )
Topics: police training, miracle of birth
223,207 223K The Dope Tapes collection 429 ITEMS 223,207 VIEWS Jan 10, 2014 01/14 collection
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This collection was recorded by Michael Aldrich from Bay Area television stations between the years of 1986 and 2006.  A fascinating "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll" compilation, its major focus on drug-related news stories of the time is rounded out by segments on these other topics of interest to the curator. These videos were digitized from VHS tapes in 2014. Michelle Krasowski, Volunteer Archivist
Topics: dope, vhs, drug war, drugs, tv news
A/V Geeks 189,470 189K If Mirrors Could Speak : Self-Image Film Sep 6, 2004 09/04 movies
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In hopes of keeping kids' attention, social engineering films would often use supernatural elements to make their points. In this film, we see a magic talking mirror that reflects bratty kids as clowns. Most of the misbehaving kids understand how their behavior is disruptive and make amends. Surprisingly, one kid doesnt care if he is a "clown" and continues being a jerk probably for the rest of his life. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film...
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Topic: social engineering
Educational Films 184,442 184K Introduction to Holography Mar 16, 2012 03/12 by Thomas G. Smith movies
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This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film. I knew the 3-D quality could only be appreciated if...
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Topics: Physics., Photography., Light.
Educational Films 181,858 182K Human birth. Jan 29, 2015 01/15 by University of Missouri--Columbia. School of Nursing. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; J.B. Lippincott Company movies
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Also issued as loop films in super 8 mm. on reel; in super 8 mm. in cartridge; in super 8 mm. on reel with magnetic sound; in super 8 mm. in cartridge with magnetic sound. Silent versions of loop films also issued in super 8 mm. on reel and in cartridge With instructor's guide Summary Shows birth complications which students rarely experience in the delivery room. Includes instructions on vertex delivery, spontaneous breech delivery, assisted breech delivery, extraction cesarean delivery and...
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Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Labor (Obstetrics), Delivery (Obstetrics), Maternity nursing, Human...
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A/V Geeks 170,956 171K VD is for Everybody Jan 30, 2005 01/05 movies
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Help us get more films like this online! This film was digitized and uploaded thanks to contributions from this project: www.indiegogo.com/avgeeks100miles The American Social Health Association was always experimenting with new ways to educate the public about venereal disease. They helped produce the first VD education film, "Fit to Fight", in 1918 in order to educate soldiers being shipped abroad to fight in the first World War. Although this popular TV public service announcement...
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Topics: venereal disease, PSA, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Shaping San Francisco 129,297 129K Gay Sex before Zippers May 4, 2004 05/04 by Chris Carlsson movies
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Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
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Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
A/V Geeks 121,335 121K Parent To Child About Sex Sep 16, 2004 09/04 movies
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While this 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. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topic: puberty
Drive-In Movie Ads 113,329 113K Welcome Animation (from Drive-In Movie Ads) Nov 6, 2011 11/11 movies
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Category: Drive-In Movie Ads Title: Welcome Animation (from Drive-In Movie Ads) Length- :43 Sound: Yes Color Description: A color animated film welcoming the audience to the drive-in. Features still photos of 1970s movies and stars, then more animation of the snack bar, hot dogs and soda. Photos include: Liza Minelli, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neil, Madeline Cahn, Bob Carol Ted and Alice, The Sting, James Cahn, The Godfather, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. This clip is from a...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: color, drive-in, movie, ad, advertisement, animation, intermission, snack bar, hot dogs, soda,...
112,713 113K National Film Preservation Foundation collection 186 ITEMS 112,713 VIEWS Feb 15, 2017 02/17 collection
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The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. We support activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.
Topics: preservation, library of congress
A/V Geeks 106,761 107K Private SNAFU - Booby Traps Sep 29, 2004 09/04 by Robert Clampett movies
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Private Snafu learns about the hazards of enemy booby traps the hard way. This is one of 26 Private SNAFU ('Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale the troops. Originally created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, most of the cartoons were produced by Warner Brothers Animation Studios - employing their animators, voice actors (primarily Mel Blanc) and Carl Stalling's music. To license this film and get a higher...
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Topics: military, animation, Private SNAFU
A/V Geeks 98,261 98K Drugs Are Like That Sep 5, 2004 09/04 movies
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Anita Bryant (famous Florida orange juice and anti-gay spokeswoman) narrates this film that tries to simplify its drug abuse message with an analogy of kids putting together a contraption out of Lego blocks. Although the metaphors often don't make sense, the visual impact of the film is stunning and could easily be quite popular with individuals consuming illicit drugs. Also, like most anti-drug films, this could be a tempting introduction to drugs for some youths yearning to escape their...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 30 reviews )
Topic: drugs
British Government Public Information Films 94,169 94K New Town Oct 7, 2005 10/05 movies
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This film shows in light fashion how to set about replanning a town. Post war period .New Towns. overcrowded inner cities. building out of town.
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Topics: Urbanization, Towns
A/V Geeks 92,539 93K Beginning Responsibility: Lunchroom Manners Sep 8, 2004 09/04 movies
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The rude, clumsy puppet Mr. Bungle shows kids how to behave in the school cafeteria - the assumption being that kids actually want to behave during lunch. This film has a cult following since it appeared on a Pee Wee Herman HBO special. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: social engineering, puppet chaos
A/V Geeks 90,234 90K NASA KSNN - The Internet Feb 8, 2011 02/11 by NASA; Langley Research Center movies
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NASA Kids Science News segment explaining how the internet works.
Topics: NASA, KSNN, Server, Computer, Internet, Pages, Website, Address, KSNN, Link, Computer Mouse,...
Prelinger Archives 84,711 85K Finding His Voice Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Western Electric Company, Inc. movies
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Cartoon showing how sound motion pictures work, produced by a company that was an innovator in the field. Story by W.E. Erpi (pseudonym for Western Electric, Electrical Research Products Inc.). Directors: F. Lyle Goldman and Max Fleischer.
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Topics: Perception: Sound, Motion pictures: Sound, Animation
Drive-In Movie Ads 73,971 74K Drive In Intermission 7 May 26, 2009 05/09 movies
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Time to stretch your legs and get a snack. Complete intermission film. Suggestion: insert clip between two movies when creating your drive-in dvd.
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Topics: drive-in, intermission
Educational Films 69,196 69K Roots: 1-- The African, Part 1 Sep 24, 2015 09/15 movies
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Roots: 1- Part 1 The African SummaryDescribes the birth of Kunta Kinte in the West African village of Juffere. Tells how 15 years later Kunta and his friends are beginning their manhood rites, while the slave ship Lord Ligonier nears the African shore. Kunta Kinte is born to Omoro and Binta Kinte in the Gambia, West Africa. Kunta undergoes manhood training, is captured by slave hunters, and put aboard a ship bound for North America.
Topics: Series: Roots, Series: Roots (1977), Black history, African American history, History, Africa
A/V Geeks 67,496 67K [Rural Civil Defense TV Spots 1965] Feb 18, 2007 02/07 by Dept of Civil Defense movies
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Public service announcements by the U.S. Civil Defense office inform farmers what to do in case of nuclear attack using marionettes. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 12 reviews )
Topics: civil defense, atomic, puppets
Educational Films 63,537 64K Sex Hygiene Aug 22, 2007 08/07 by Darryl F. Zanuck movies
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Several servicemen relax by playing pool, but one of them goes off to spend time with a prostitute. Later, he discovers he has contracted a venereal disease. A graphic and frank presentation of the types and treatment of venereal disease follows.
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Topics: WWII, Military Training Film, John Ford
A/V Geeks 59,669 60K Our Mr. Sun Nov 4, 2007 11/07 by Frank Capra Productions movies
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From the description in Rick Prelinger's Field Guide to Sponsored Films: Popular scientific film directed by Frank Capra that launched the Bell System Science series. Combining animation and live action, Our Mr. Sun uses a scientist-writer team to present information about the sun and its importance to humankind. NOTE: Produced in Technicolor, the film was originally telecast in 1956 and 1957 to 9 million homes; some 600 16mm prints were distributed to schools and community organizations...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: sun, bell science series, science, animation
Educational Films 57,887 58K The Sexually mature adult. Feb 19, 2015 02/15 by FilmFair Communications; John Wiley & Sons movies
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Also issued in super-8 mm. cassette
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Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Sexual intercourse, Sex (Biology), Human reproductive system, Sexual...
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A/V Geeks 55,929 56K Operation Ivy Oct 2, 2004 10/04 movies
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Detonation of the hydrogen bomb. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 22 reviews )
54,251 54K Living New Deal Project collection 151 ITEMS 54,251 VIEWS Feb 2, 2015 02/15 collection
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In the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal.” Over the decade 1933-43, a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped to revive a moribund economy. The result was a rich landscape of public works across the nation, often of outstanding beauty, utility and craftsmanship. No city, town, or rural area was untouched by the New Deal. Hundreds of thousands of roads,...
Topic: New Deal
A/V Geeks 53,754 54K 200 Mar 18, 2005 03/05 movies
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This trippy tribute to our country's 200th birthday was funded by a Bicentennial Project Grant and animated by Vincent Collins who made other psychedelic cartoons. This film was produced by the United States Information Agency -the government's propaganda agency. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 16 reviews )
Topics: patriotism, propaganda
A/V Geeks 49,854 50K Year 1999 AD Jan 6, 2012 01/12 by Philco-Ford Corp. [made by] Tom Thomas Organization. movies
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Illustrates the life of a family of the year 1999 A.D. living in a house that is completely functional in terms of advanced technology. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC . ***The quality of this clips isn't the best. We've located another print which we hope to digitize and get online sometime soon..
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: future, Ford Motor, Wink Martindale, computers, Internet
A/V Geeks 47,196 47K Linda's Film on Menstruation Jan 30, 2009 01/09 by Linda Feferman movies
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Presents the story of a fifteen-year-old girl who experiences her menstrual period, describing the reaction of the girl and her sixteen-year-old boyfriend as they learn more about the subject of menstruation.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 16 reviews )
Topics: Sex Education., Physiology., Reproduction., Women.
A/V Geeks 43,366 43K Private SNAFU - The Home Front Sep 30, 2004 09/04 movies
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Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic. Technical Fairy First Class shows that even his family is helping with the war effort - his dad building tanks, his mom planting a Victory Garden, Grandpa riveting battleships, and his girl joining the WAC's and even the family's horse is pitching in. This is one of 26 Private SNAFU ('Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: military, animation, Private SNAFU
A/V Geeks 42,910 43K Electric Eel Nov 12, 2005 11/05 movies
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Irwin Moon shows us the electric eel and demonstrates its amazing abilities to shock fish for food and to use "radar" to find the fish. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topic: science vs. religion
Drive-In Movie Ads 40,705 41K Drive-in: Our Feature Presentation-Color Swirl May 22, 2009 05/09 movies
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runs only a few seconds. suggestion; insert clip directly before first feature when creating drive-in dvd
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Topics: drive-in, clip, feature presentation
Drive-In Movie Ads 40,462 40K Pop Goes The Whistle May 20, 2006 05/06 by Darrell Wright movies
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Is somebody crazy? Pop Goes the Whistle.
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Topics: Intermission, Popcorn, Drive In Movie Advertisement
Drive-In Movie Ads 39,765 40K Drive In intermission 13 May 26, 2009 05/09 movies
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All the popcorn and candy at the snack bar. Complete intermission film. Suggestion: insert clip between two movies when making a double feature dvd.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 11 reviews )
Topics: drive-in, intermission
A/V Geeks 39,481 39K Hellman's Mayonnaise Commercial Jun 30, 2005 06/05 movies
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Hellman's Mayonnaise television commercial Help us get more films like this online! This film was digitized and uploaded thanks to contributions from this project: www.indiegogo.com/avgeeks100miles
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topic: commercial
Educational Films 39,031 39K Franco (1963) Dec 3, 2015 12/15 movies
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Attributes Francisco Franco's rise to power in Spain to his charismatic personality and to the disturbed internal condition of his country. Sketches Franco's life, including his years as a general, an admirer of Hitler and now benevolent dictator. Uses dramatic readings to trace the history of the American Negro from emancipation to the end of World War II. Examines the impact of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and Marcus Garvey on present day Negro-white relations in the United States.
Topics: Franco, Energy resources, Germany, History, Personality psychology, Political figures, Rulers...
Educational Films 38,486 38K The War Game Jun 12, 2015 06/15 by Films Inc. movies
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Fictionally enacts the carnage and destruction that would result from a thermonuclear war between the Soviet Union and England. Raises questions about the societal logic that permits the existence of thermonuclear weapons. Summary Enacts the carnage and destruction that would result from a thermonuclear war between the Soviet Union and England in a fictional sequence. Raises questions about the societal logic that permits the existence of thermonuclear weapons. Produced in 1966 in England.
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Topics: Educational Film, Social psychology, War (Political science), Technology and civilization
Drive-In Movie Ads 38,442 38K Young Lover Message (from Drive-In Movie Ads) Nov 6, 2011 11/11 movies
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Category: Drive-In Movie Ads Title: Young Lover Message (from Drive-In Movie Ads) Length- :26 Sound: Yes (enhanced) Color Description: A short musical (no announcer) animated text with colorful background warning young lovers that public demonstrations of affection will not be tolerated in the theater, signed by the Manager (killjoy). I added a fade in and out and remixed the audio. This clip is from a compilation of drive-in intermission films found here on Internet Archives in the Drive-In...
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Topics: color, drive-in, movie, ad, advertisement, animation, intermission, announcement, message
Educational Films 38,113 38K Our Solar System Feb 3, 2011 02/11 by NASA movies
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A brief introduction to the solar system by children for children.
Topics: NASA, solar system
Educational Films 37,482 37K Mao Tse Tung Dec 15, 2015 12/15 by CRM Films movies
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Mao Tse Tung Introduces secondary school students to the career of Marco Polo, showing how he, as a lad of 17, set out from Venice for the empire of the Mongol conqueror Kublai Khan, giving details of his 24-year journey and of his observations and writings about scenes and events in Asia. Emphasizes the importance of Marco Polo's travels to the Western World. Animated maps and lction.
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Topics: Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976, Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976
A/V Geeks 36,670 37K To Hear Your Banjo Play May 13, 2005 05/05 movies
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Presents the origin of the banjo, the development of southern folk music and its influence upon Americans. Pete Seeger plays his banjo and narrates the story. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topic: American folk music
A/V Geeks 34,992 35K Keep Off The Grass Sep 6, 2004 09/04 movies
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Tom gets in trouble when his mother finds a joint in his room. Instead of punishing Tom, his father challenges him to learn more about marijuanas evil effects on society. Nobody gets killed in this Sid Davis film, yet Tom still learns a harsh lesson after being mugged by druggies and learning that his best friend sells pot to school children To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: drugs, juvenile deliquency, sid davis
A/V Geeks 32,976 33K Trouble With Women, The Sep 6, 2004 09/04 movies
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With such a provocative title, this film illustrates some of the perceived problems a supervisor might face working with women, but ultimately demonstrates where the real problem lies. The irritated supervisor in this film shows up again in The Grapevine. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: workplace politics, gender issues
Drive-In Movie Ads 32,952 33K DRIVE-IN INTERMISSION 23 Aug 9, 2009 08/09 movies
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Yet another snack bar film.
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Topics: drive-in, intermission
A/V Geeks 32,862 33K Pride the Saddle Horse (2ed) Aug 16, 2011 08/11 by Encyclopedia Britannica movies
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Illustrates various roles of the horse in modern life, and traces the development and training of a colt until he becomes a prize saddle horse at three years of age. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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A/V Geeks 32,422 32K Comparative Tests On A Human And A Chimpanzee Infant Of Approximately The Same Age, Part 2 May 19, 2008 05/08 by Pennsylvania State Univ. Psych. Cinema Register movies
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Compares the reactions of a normal human infant between the ages of 10 and 14.5 months to psychological tests, and the responses of a chimpanzee companion, age 7.5 to 12 months, to the same tests. Brings out the effects of different rates of growth and learning abilities and illustrates the capacity of the animal to outdo the child in many tests. Includes hand preference, startle reaction time, delayed reaction, cap-on-head, detour, tickle, ice and rotation test. To license this film and get a...
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British Government Public Information Films 32,149 32K Don't Spread Germs (Jet Propelled Germs) Oct 10, 2005 10/05 movies
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Amusing health propaganda trailer on the dangers of sneezing. NHS in 1948. Public health. Public Health Campaign Films. Post War era. Humorous cartoon treatment of general health problems: correct posture; the value of exercise and fresh air; the importance of suitable clothes; how to avoid insomnia.
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Topics: Public Health, sneezing
Educational Films 31,529 32K Six American Families the Georges of New York Jun 30, 2015 06/15 by Westinghouse Broadcasting Company movies
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Six American Families the Georges of New York Summary Introduces a series of six television documentaries portraying the lives of American families of varied geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Topics: African American families, African American families, Manners and customs
A/V Geeks 31,305 31K Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 1 Launch Jan 12, 2011 01/11 by NASA movies
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This 15-minute video shows the extensive testing procedures applied to the Mercury spacecraft before rollout. It also shows the rollout, launch attempts, and the final launch. A failed launch occurred on November 21, 1960 due to an electrical malfunction, but Mercury-Redstone 1A was launched successfully on December 17, 1960. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, Mercury
Academic Film Archive of North America 30,898 31K Congruent Triangles Oct 4, 2007 10/07 by Bruce and Katharine Cornwell movies
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Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
British Government Public Information Films 30,581 31K Pedestrian Crossing Oct 10, 2005 10/05 movies
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Humorous road safety trailer on the correct use of pedestrian crossings. Belisha beacons
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Topic: road safety
A/V Geeks 30,486 30K Goldilocks and the Three Bears May 3, 2005 05/05 movies
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The classic fable is told with live trained bears and a cloyingly sweet young girl. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: kids and kritters, kids in peril
British Government Public Information Films 30,396 30K Berlin Airlift Oct 7, 2005 10/05 movies
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The Western powers airlift of supplies to Berlin during the Soviet Blockade of Berlin. Operation Plain Fare . The Berlin blockade. Post Second World War. Germany. Soviet Iron Curtain.. Deutschmark. 24 June 1948. airbridge . Rosinenbomber, or 'raisin bombers'), 2 million West Berliners with food, fuel and other supplies. At its height one plane reached West Berlin every 30 seconds. The Airlift officially ended on 30 September 1949, fifteen months after its protracted beginnings in June 1948....
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Topics: Berlin blockade, Plain Fare, Iron Curtain, West Berlin
A/V Geeks 30,145 30K Mystery of Time Apr 20, 2005 04/05 movies
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On the surface, this 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. The films host Irwin Moon had an interest in science as a child and later incorporated that interest into his life as a pastor. He would tour the country giving his Sermons of Science where the marvels of science provide the visible evidence of a Divine plan of creation. His work with GIs during World War II showed him the...
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Topic: religion vs. science
Drive-In Movie Ads 29,198 29K Walk-in Intermission May 24, 2009 05/09 movies
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This intermission film was made for walk-in theatres. "Let's all go to the lobby..." About 3 minutes.
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Topics: walk-in, intermission
A/V Geeks 28,966 29K Ghost Rider Mar 18, 2005 03/05 by George Thurman, Chuck Ungar movies
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Kevin, feeling very sad and lonely after spending his first day in a new junior high school meets a young girl on his bus ride home who drops a pencil and suddenly disappears. Is this mysterious young girl a ghost of a girl who died on a bus years before? Why is she so adamant that Kevin learn bus safety rules? Like many films from the late 1970s and early 1980s, this film uses supernatural elements to keep kids' attention. To license this film and get a higher quality version for...
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Topics: school bus society, kids in peril
Drive-In Movie Ads 28,855 29K Drive-in Intermission 2 May 25, 2009 05/09 movies
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More about popcorn, candy, coffee, etc. A whole intermission film. Suggestion: insert clip directly between two movies to create a double featur dvd.
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Topics: drive-in, intermission
Ephemeral VHS 28,750 29K Best Of Commercials Of The 50's And 60's Mar 12, 2013 03/13 by Alpha VIdeo Distributors movies
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"Let's take a nostalgic trip back down memory lane for some of those great Classic Television Commercials that we all grew up with during the Golden Age of Television."-- description from box.
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Topics: vhs, commercials, 50's, 60's
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
Educational Films 28,646 29K Reading, Writing and Reefer (1979) Dec 17, 2015 12/15 by Robert Rogers; Edwin Newman; NBC News. movies
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Reading, Writing and Reefer (1979) A factual report on the widespread, habitual use of marijuana among today's teenagers. Presents a simplified chemical breakdown of the weed and describes its illegal routes into American schoolyards. Includes remarks by teenage marijuana smokers, their parents, and professional authorities.
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Topics: Youth, Marijuana, Drug abuse, Marijuana, Marijuana, Youth
A/V Geeks 28,489 28K Alcohol Is Dynamite Sep 5, 2004 09/04 movies
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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 To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes,...
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Topics: evil alcohol, juvenile deliquency, kids in peril, sid davis
Drive-In Movie Ads 28,231 28K Cigarettes (version 2) May 19, 2006 05/06 movies
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Get the item that adds to your personal comfort. Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of square-dancing cigarettes. Teleconference meeting filmed in New York City, with participation from, and shown to, Philip Morris employees in various cities around the United States, to educate employees about public policy issues facing the Philip Morris companies and to encourage them to become politically active on those matters. Six videos were interspersed through out the event...
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Topics: Intermission, Cigarettes, Drive In Movie Advertisements
Ephemeral VHS 28,019 28K Time Of Fear Jul 11, 2013 07/13 by PBS Home Video movies
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"....Time of Fear tells the story of the 16,000 men, women, and children who were sent to two relocation camps in southeast Arkansas - one of the poorest and racially segregated places in America...
Topics: vhs, WWII, Japanese American history, interviews, Arkansas, relocation camps, racism
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
Shaping San Francisco 27,668 28K White Night Riot May 10, 2004 05/04 movies
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Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
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Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk
Educational Films 27,577 28K A Shooting gallery called America [motion picture] Jan 26, 2016 01/16 by NBC News movies
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Originally aired on 04/29/1975 on NBC. A sober and frightening examination of the grave effects of the rising explosion of handguns. Criminals, victims, and law enforcement officers speak on the proliferation of handguns. Examines the effects on all our lives of the increasing use of handguns. Includes interviews with criminals, victims and law enforcement officers speaking on the proliferation of handguns and the related problems. Report on the proliferation of handguns in the US. Included is...
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Topics: A Shooting Gallery Called America? Firearms -- United States, Crime -- United States, Crime,...
Educational Films 27,565 28K Stalin (1963) Dec 3, 2015 12/15 movies
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Depicts the life of Stalin, under whose strong - arm rule the USSR became a world power. Explains Stalin's part in making Russia a communist state. Presents a biography of Stalin's later years. Covers his economic, domestic, and foreign policies. Also includes sequences on the German invasion of 1941, World War II, and the conferences of Teheran, Yalta, and Potsdam.
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Topics: Stalin, Russia (1917-1999), Economic systems, Economics, Persons and occupations
A/V Geeks 26,775 27K Joy Ride - an Auto Theft Sep 8, 2004 09/04 movies
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This cautionary tale was aimed towards young, thrill-seeking teens. The exciting car chase at the end of the film may have glamorized joy-riding to students more than actually demonize it. If nothing else, the film reveals the primary perpetrator of auto thefts - bored, horny boys. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC . Test
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Topics: driver education, juvenile deliquency, kids in peril
A/V Geeks 26,422 26K Buying Food Sep 5, 2004 09/04 movies
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Made for home economics class, this is a primer on sensible food shopping. We learn to read canned food labels and get a glimpse at the mysterious grading system for various foods (and may understand why food grades are no longer advertised unless they are Grade A). Many of this films messages are still poignant today, especially since supermarkets are designed to encourage impulse buying. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topic: home economics
Educational Films 26,053 26K Roots: 2 -- The African, Part 2 Sep 24, 2015 09/15 movies
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Roots: 2- Part 2 The African Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film SummaryDepicts the completion of Kunta Kinte's rites of manhood. Describes how the joy of the village is shortlived when Kunta and other villagers are captured by slavers and chained in the hold of the Lord Ligonier. Toby, as Kunta Kinte has been named by his owner, escapes again. This latest effort meets with re-capture; the overseer orders the amputation of Toby's toes to prevent...
Topics: Series: Roots, Series: Roots (1977), Slavery (United States), African American history, History,...
A/V Geeks 25,939 26K Santa Claus' Punch and Judy Dec 6, 2004 12/04 movies
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Santa magically creates a Punch and Judy puppet show to the delight of children at a Christmas party. WARNING! Parents may wish to watch this before exposing innocent eyes to the comic brutality of a Punch and Judy puppet show from the late 1940s - including some very non-PC scenes. Punch & Judy professor/historian Geoff Felix describes the film: The value of this film is that it is a record of a performance by George Prentice whose Punch and Judy show achieved great popularity in Variety...
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Topics: Santa, puppet chaos, senseless violence
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Fetching more results DESCRIPTION Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.

In addition to these classic collections, you may view guidance films from the post-World War II British government, drive-in movie intermission ads, and videos documenting the history of San Francisco from 1906 to the early 21st Century. Many of these films are available for free download.


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