A Chairy Tale: A Short Film from 1957 with music by Ravi Shankar

Present by the Nation Film Board of Canada: A Chairy Tale

In this Oscar-nominated short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The musical accompaniment is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal. This virtuoso film is the result of a collaboration between Norman McLaren and Claude Jutra. Directed by Claude Jutra & Norman McLaren – 1957


‘Unusual Occupations’, a video series from 1937-1949

Framepool has compiled some archival footage of a video series entitled “Unusual Occupations” that presents “ordinary, everyday people who chose ‘the path less taken’ in pursuit of extraordinary odd jobs, crazy careers and hysterical hobbies.” The video series was originally produced by, “Jerry Fairbanks Studios and released by Paramount Pictures from 1937 through 1949,” according to Framepool.

Rubber Face – Unusual Occupations 1937 from Framepool on Vimeo.

Some are, indeed, rather odd. Cue the above video with Alan O’Brien, the ‘rubber faced’ man of Pasadena. Other videos in the series, function more as artifacts of the era’s pop cultural conditions. The video featuring female air-force pilots and model casting has a voicing that seems campy and stereotypically offensive, in current dialogue.

Women Airforce Service Pilots 1943 from Framepool on Vimeo.

All-in-all, the series is enjoyable and a bit surreal in its vivid account of people lives and careers in a different economic realty than today.

A Tattoo Artist 1937 – Rare Color Footage from Framepool on Vimeo.

Model Casting 1937 from Framepool on Vimeo.

Stockings for Hollywood Stars 1937 – Rare Color Footage from Framepool on Vimeo.