Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Hat-tip to Wil Weaton for finding this one. Wikipedia sez:
"Don't Be a Sucker!" is a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.
The sound skips a bit at the start, but this little flick is probably older than your parents, so it's excused. Still relevant.
Friday, January 27, 2017
No actual kittens were harmed in the making of this film.
I was reading about mongooses and somehow stumbled into this. So I'm sharing it with you!
Wikipedia has this to say about it:
Following a discussion about film censorship with British broadcaster Melvyn Bragg while they worked on The South Bank Show, Russell was challenged by Bragg to create a film which Russell himself would want banned. A Kitten for Hitler was the result of the process that followed. After Russell sent Bragg an initial draft, Bragg responded "Ken, if ever you make this film and it is shown, you will be lynched."
Adolf Hitler was played by Phil Pritchard. Those auditioning for the part were asked to attend the casting dressed as Hitler, creating a bizarre waiting room scene. Due to the content of the film, dwarf actor Rusty Goffe was hired to play the role of the boy as Russell could not convince any child actor's parents to allow their son to appear. The child's mother was played by Russell's wife Lisi, and the costumes were organised by his daughter. The entire film was filmed in a studio in Shoreditch against a green screen with the backgrounds added in digitally later. The film was broadcast on Comedybox.tv, after Russell was introduced to Dan Schreiber by screenwriter Emma Millions.
Today was Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United States celebrated it by making sure refugees from war-torn countries who faced genocide would be turned away from our borders. You can celebrate by punching a Nazi.