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Fin, El [The end]

Date produced: 1970

Filmmaker(s):

Sergio García Michel

Description:

"Una historia sobre el acoso sufrido por la juventud por parte del mundo de los adultos. La posición alternativa del grupo [de realizadores] se hacía explícita desde las primeras tomas, en donde los créditos aparecían escritos en las paredes de una casa en ruinas, omitiendo los apellidos y dejando solo los nombres de pila de quienes participaron" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012).

"A story about the harassment suffered by the youth from the adult world. The alternative position of the group [of filmmakers] was made evident from the first shots, where credits appeared written on the walls of a house in ruins, omitting last names and leaving only the first names of the participants" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012).


Luz externa [External light]

Date produced: 1974

Filmmaker(s):

José Agustín Ramírez

Description:

"Luz externa fue una de las producciones más ambiciosas del súper 8 mexicano. El guión se basaba en el monólogo de Ernesto, un machín jipiteca, que relata a un amigo las peripecias con su novia Raquel. Posteriormente el guión sirvió como la base del cuento con el mismo título que apareció como parte del libro El rey se acerca a su templo. Tanto la película como el cuento se abocaban a describir el abanico amplio de la juventud clasemediera urbana contracultural que había aparecido a fines de los años sesenta y principios de los setenta: los macizos que acceden al consumo de drogas, las muchachas de buena familia que se acercan a ese mundo, los nuevos conversos a la revolución social o los intelectuales que participan del ambiente con simpatía" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012).

"Luz externa [External light] was one of the most ambitious productions of the Mexican super 8. The script was based in the monologue of Ernesto, a 'machin' hippie, that tells a friend about his adventures with his girlfriend Raquel. The script served later as the base for a short story with the same title that appeared as part of the book El rey se acerca a su templo [The king approaches his temple]. Both the movie and the short story described the wide range of the middle class urban countercultural youth that emerged at the end of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies: the strong men that had access to drugs, the girls from good families that entered that world, the new converts to social revolution or the intellectuals that sympathize with that ambiance" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012).


Dear Jim

Date produced: 1952

Filmmaker(s):

John R. Kibar

Evelyn Kibar

Description:

"It stars a young boy, named Bill, who writes to his friend Jim, reflecting on their times together the previous summer. Title cards of the boy’s handwritten letter are interspersed with images of their summer highlights, including scenes of fishing, automobile stunts of “Bob King and his Devil Drivers,” and a motorcycle hill climb competition." Chicago Film Archives


What’s the Matter With Kids Today?

Date produced: 1971

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Zemeckis

Description:

"The film depicts a Boy Scout's walk through a rural setting. He's later joined by a group of children who follow him through meadows and corn fields." Chicago Film Archives


Bill’s Bike

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

William Steuber

Description:

"An experimental film about a boy owning a bicycle and learning the proper safety rules on the road." Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research


Awakening, The

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Isaac Higginbotham

Description:

"Amateur narrative about a young woman’s infatuation for a suspicious newcomer" centerforhomemovies.org


Journey Through a Day

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Dale Johnson

Description:

"Journey Through a Day is a beautiful and restful film of a day in a young boy's rural life. The colorful photography by Dale Johnson of Dallas is excellent. He packs a solid day of carefree existence into 17 minutes of entertainment and wishing it were your day" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 56.


Red Ring, The

Date produced: 1967

Filmmaker(s):

Yoshiro Hayashi

Description:

"The Red Ring, from Japan, tells the story of a young girl who buys a red ring and buries it on the hillside. Years later, as a young woman, she retells the story through flashbacks. Finally she goes to dig up the ring to tie in with the glimpses of herself as a young girl" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 37.


Abandoned House, The

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Uve Behrens

Description:

"The Abandoned House is a nostalgic treatment of a girl who returns to the home where she was raised and reflects upon her childhood there" PSA Journal, Sept. 1966, 34-35.


Plato in Amerika

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

John Maurogiannopoulos

Description:

"Plato in Amerika deals with the new life a young fellow from the Old Country finds in America. From working as a waiter in a restaurant to shooting dice with his friends, we see him dancing, brawling, wenching, and embarrassing his parents. When at last he is forced to marry one of his girl friends and later is seen romping with his children, he smiles at the camera and decides "this is life" PSA Journal, Sept. 1965, 51.


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