Living Life The American Way!
The post war era however witnessed major changes in the city’s demography. The construction boom and resultant emergence of suburbs, which accompanied the economic boom, changed the city’s looks. By the 1960s Detroit had become a cultural center for the nation exporting the most popular music of the era, the catchy rhythm-and-blues known as the Motown sound.
Sadly the city could not sustain this boom and the late 60s and the 70s witnessed a steep decline in the city’s fortunes with thousands opting to live in other cities and towns. Fortunately, the rot was stemmed and the city limped back, at least partly, to its former glory in the 80s. Throughout this metamorphosis, however, Detroit retained much of its allure and charm and was even selected by the US Olympic Committee as a possible host for the 1968 Olympics.
This fascinating DVD presents a vibrant picture of this magnificent city and also captures the daily lives of people living in the United States in the 60s.
Communications and Our Town
Two young boys learn from a telephone technician about the significance of different types of communication, which foster links and interdependence between people.
Sponsor: Vocational Guidance Films, Inc.
Producer: Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
Color: Black & White
Amateur film: New Orleans Carnival Week, February 22,
The Mardi Gras Parade of Nor: Shows the parade as it moves down the street in all its pomp and finery.
Detroit, City on the Move
This exciting promotional film on Detroit was made when the United States Olympic Committee voted on Detroit as their choice as the host city for the 1968 Olympics. The views of city highways, automobile manufacturing, a diverse population, and social activities, were all shot prior to the city's economic decline.
Sponsor: Detroit (City of)
Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Mother Mack's Puppies Find Happy Homes
This is a delightful story about pets and shows how one must care for them.
Producer: Frith Films
Greenwich Village Sunday
Narrated by Jean Shepherd and produced by Stewart Willensky, this clip explores the colorful counter-culture of Greenwich Village in the early 60s.
Producer: Wilensky (Stewart)
DVD One : 01:01:01
This DVD covers in rich detail the life of American citizens in the 60s and is easily the best account on celluloid that I know of the city of Detroit. Beginning with an edifying discourse on communication, which I am certain youngsters would find useful even today, the clips cover such seemingly mundane, yet significant happenings - such as the giving away of a litter of pups by a young boy.
You are also treated to a fabulous and comprehensive tour of Greenwich as it was in the hey-days of the counter-culture revolution in the 60s. This clip delights you with almost all the attractions the village had to offer. Significantly the film on Detroit was shot just prior to the city’s futile bid to host the 1968 Olympics and hence is pretty upbeat. It even has President John F. Kennedy rooting for the city! Particularly impressive is the coverage of the Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans, which though brief, is thrilling.
I enjoyed this peek at life in the 60s and am quite certain that it will thrill the hearts of history buffs and lovers of the glamorous city of Detroit as well.
"I spent quite a few years as a boy in Detroit and was fascinated by this clip about the city’s charms. The coverage is truly comprehensive, thrilling, and informative. Although Detroit has always been known for its industry, this Clip helps people see that it is also a city with a heart!"
Customer's Name : Bob Withers (Greenville, Aalabama)
"This DVD is a good reminder of how life was half a century ago and I enjoyed every minute of it. Especially thrilling is the Carnival shown here."
Customer's Name : Charlotte Burns (Denton, Maryland)
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