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Book Title: Mental Hygiene: Better Living Through Classroom Films 1945-1970|
The author of the book: Ken Smith
Edition: Blast Books
Date of issue: November 19th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780922233212
Format files: PDF
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Ok, I got into a/v services because of these films. In fact, I remember recording the NPR broadcast reviewing this book and interviewing the author from my radio to a cassette player because it featured clips of these movies. A decade passed and I could see more of these movies on Something Weird but never remembered there was a book to go with the clips. Then I listened to that old cassette and decided to borrow this book YEARS after first learning about it.
OMG I am SO glad I didn't borrow this in the late 90s because over half the films mentioned are now available on YouTube. (That's also the reason it's taken me so long to finish it because I worked through the long filmography at the end of the book.) Not that the content and analysis of the social guidance movement isn't apt but being able to see the primary source material in its original format (i.e. not the MYST3000 dub-overs, hilarious though they are) does WONDERS for this book. In fact, I wish they'd reissue it as an enhanced ebook with links to the videos embedded in the text because most of the films were digitized by the Prelinger Archive.
Definitely worth reading for the nostalgia factor if you lived through the era where these movies were popular but also compelling reading for those interested in childhood education and social control. Topics range from hygiene and interpersonal relations to drugs and reckless driving. And if you just want to see the films without the book, look up either Centron, Coronet, or Sid Davis, most of their collections are on YouTube.
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