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Sir David Attenborough at 90, an interview

In celebration of his 90th birthday on the May 8th 2016, Sir David Attenborough reflects on his incredible career as a world renowned broadcaster and naturalist. Attenborough also comments on the advances in filmm...

Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines

From a 2014 exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the Marvelous Machines of Rowland Emett, an English cartoonist and maker of fantastical mechanical contraptions. Emett lived and worked in Birmingha...

One Froggy Evening (1955) with Michigan J. Frog

Consider the predicament in One Froggy Evening, a classic cartoon with no spoken words -- only singing -- that was released into movie theaters on December 31, 1955: A construction worker finds an old box with a singi...

Rosa Parks, her story as a lifelong civil rights activist

On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested when she bravely refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger. In protest of the unjust Alabama law that required African Americans to sit in the back of the bu...

Who’s on First – Abbott & Costello (1953)

William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello were vaudeville comedians who became famous in radio, film, and television as Abbott and Costello. In 1938, they performed Who's on First, a rapid-fire routine that had been rewor...

Musicless Musicvideo: Singin’ in the Rain (without singing)

Before you click play on the video above, make sure that you've first seen this classic Gene Kelly performance from Singin' in the Rain, one of our favorites. Seen it? Now please enjoy one of Mario Wienerroither's...

The Solar Do-Nothing Machine by Charles and Ray Eames

Designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, this is the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a whimsy-maker of sorts, but also "one of the first devices to convert solar energy to electricity. The Eames office asked...

Harpo Marx plays the clarinet

Harpo Marx plays "I'm forever blowing bubbles" on the Kraft Music Hall in 1959 with "Mr. Television" himself, Milton Berle. Harpo also plays the harp. File under bubbles and The Marx Brothers.

Pen Point Percussion and Dots: Norman McLaren

Pen Point Percussion (1951), a behind-the-scenes introduction to the sound visualizations and drawn-on-film animation of film pioneer Norman McLaren, from the National Film Board of Canada. And below, another playful...

British Pathé: Cricket Balls (1956)

From the amazing British Pathé video archives, Cricket Balls (1956).

Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951)

Hang on to your chairs and lamps. This is You’re All the World to Me, Fred Astaire’s famous 1951 dance scene in Royal Wedding. How did he do it? We’re keeping that under wraps at...

Norman McLaren’s Le Merle

Le Merle (the Blackbird) is a cutout animation directed in 1958 by cinematic innovator Norman McLaren. Based on a French-Canadian folksong, the story tells of a bird who loses a beak, a neck, eyes, wings, legs, etc, a...

Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh

One of the many classic scenes in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the brilliant Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh.Follow it up with these two: Gene Kelly singin’ and dancin’ in the rain, an...

Louis Armstrong performs Basin Street Blues and Reveille

Louis Armstrong performs Basin Street Blues and Reveille on television in the 1950s. Watch more Louis Armstrong on this site.

Glas, Bert Haanstra‘s Oscar winning documentary short film (1959)

A jazzy score, handmade craftsmanship, factories, machines, the 1950s, and glass; director Bert Haanstra's 1959 Oscar winning documentary short, Glas, is the perfect combination of so many fa...

Gene Kelly: Singin’ in the Rain.

A clip of Gene Kelly from Singin’ in the Rain. Classics 101. Watch related videos: Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh and Singin’ in the Rain (without singing). TKSST RECOMMENDSSingin' in the R...

The brilliant Lindy Hopping of Al Minns and Leon James

Lindy Hoppers Al Minns and Leon James have been seen dancing to the Charleston in a viral Daft Punk version, but this is the original that shows what it would have been like to watch them perf...

Life Has Its Funny Little Ups And Downs

Noreen Corcoran sings “Life Has Its Funny Little Ups And Downs" to Donald O’Connor from the 1953 movie, I Love Melvin. Not only does it feature this catchy little song, but it includes Donald tap dancing on his roller...

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