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A Movie (1958) By Gosse, Johanna

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1700-1
Published: 01/10/2017
Retrieved: 31 March 2023, from


A Movie (1958) is a twelve-minute compilation montage of vintage newsreels, soft-core “girlie movies,” low-budget Westerns, educational and ethnographic films, and other black and white 16mm film ephemera. Filmmaker Bruce Conner selected scenes ranging from the anonymous and slightly absurd—stampeding horses, car crashes, tightrope walkers, half-nude women, and deep sea divers—to more historically specific, even iconic images: the Hindenburg in flames, Teddy Roosevelt orating, the Tacoma bridge collapse of 1940, and, most strikingly, the 1946 underwater atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.

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Gosse, Johanna. "A Movie (1958)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 31 Mar. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1700-1

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