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A 1960s Reporter Asks People in Sydney If Theres Life on Other Planets

In an ABC News (Australia) segment from August 31, 1962, Ray Taylor asks an eclectic mix of Sydneysiders, “Is there life on other planets?†Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/1960s-reporter-asks-people-if-theres-life-on-other-planets/

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Unbelievable HQ Video of New York City Life in 1911

Originally filmed by the Swedish company, Svenska Biografteatern, on a trip to America, the footage has been speed corrected (slowed down), with sound added by videographer Guy Jones. I find old footage like this of everyday life absolutely fascinating. If you do as well, be sure to check out our previous post: Rare Video Footage from 1906 Shows the Amazing Bustle of San Francisco’s Market Street Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/hq-video-of-new-york-city-life-in-1911/

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These 10 GIFs Will Give You an Appreciation for Silent Era Filmmaking

For the last three years, Don McHoull has been faithfully uploading gifs from silent era films to Twitter under the handle @SilentMovieGIfs. Not surprisingly, the account heavily features the work of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Fritz Lang. McHoull also routinely adds context and supplemental information to the clips, fostering greater appreciation for the filmmaking and talent of the period’s most famous actors. The Sifter hopes the 10 gifs below will pique your curiosity and encourage you to check out more amazing silent film moments at @SilentMovieGifs on…

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75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance Routines Ever Was Filmed, Unrehearsed on the First Take

Fred Astaire said it was ‘the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film’. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), dazzled audiences with their acrobatic routine to Cab Calloway’s hit song, Jumpin’ Jive. Not only that, but the routine was unrehearsed and what you see was the first take! [source] The performance was from the 1943 musical film, Stormy Weather. In 2001, Stormy Weather was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally,…

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