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Found Super 8 film clips reconstruct America from the late 1960s through the 70s. posted by jjray (12 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
These are great! Thanks!
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 1:06 AM on March 28, 2010

I was there. It was fun.

Now is more interesting.
posted by philip-random at 2:07 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Even this detailed archaeological evidence will never explain whatever the fuck happened in the 80s.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:13 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

the trachtenburgs have been doing a musical variation on this (with slides, not super8) for a few years now.
posted by msconduct at 5:18 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

That reminds me, I completely missed Super 8 to VHS transfer. It's time to get such fixedgear classics as "Christmas 1967" (Handy Andy tool set) transferred to DVD.
posted by fixedgear at 5:50 AM on March 28, 2010

These are terrific! All that sixties signage and Dad cooking tiny weenies on a tiny grill.

I've been hoping to come across more stuff like this since I saw these slightly longer and absolutely charming Super8 videos of Disneyland and San Francisco also filmed during this time period.
posted by erstwhile ungulate at 6:17 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Is anyone else thinking Sam Shepard when they watch these?
posted by smcdow at 6:26 AM on March 28, 2010

Seeing old home movies like these makes me feel melancholy, and I can never quite put my finger on the reason why.
posted by belvidere at 6:54 AM on March 28, 2010

Oh that one was an EDIT of packaging. On first viewing it sure seemed like there was a lot of product placement! Awesome. Ah, grated parmesan cheese.
posted by rlk at 6:58 AM on March 28, 2010

I like how they (Neato Coolville) left in the old-time film projector sound.
posted by jaronson at 7:34 AM on March 28, 2010

I've only ever watched Super 8 films once. I thought it was an eerie medium. The films were cheerful -- a new house, young parents in the late '70s -- but the total soundlessness and lack of illumination made it seem as if I were hallucinating a Polaroid snapshot coming to life.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:59 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]

Man, that shit is f'ing trippy, bro. I was there, but I don't remember any of it as being hallucinogenic in the moment. Well, not as such, anyway. Not to say there weren't hallucinatory moments, of course.

Awesome post.
posted by fourcheesemac at 10:51 PM on March 28, 2010

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