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How To Be A Man: Volume 1

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For centuries, parents have struggled to usher their children through the magical, often treacherous, journey to adulthood. But in mid-century America, a new form of tutelage was engineered: the classroom film. Suddenly, the prickly issues of sexual development and juvenile delinquency could be addressed in tidy, ten-minute sermons disguised as dramas. To deal with the subtleties of behavior and the importance of fitting in, social guidance films were made on such topics as coping with failure (Planning For Success) and teasing (The Other Fellow s Feelings). The films in this collection-curated and introduced by Skip Elsheimer, founder of the A/V Geeks educational film archive sample some of the lessons that were routinely taught to boys. In them, one sees slices of Americana, discovers the world of educational cinema (with a language all its own), and gains an insight into the hopes and fears of the parents and educators who relied on the power of cinema to initiate, educate and indoctrinate the young.

FILMS:

Fears of Children (International Film Foundation) 1951 B&W 27 Min.

Am I Trustworthy? (Coronet) 1950 B&W 10 Min.

Act Your Age (Coronet) 1949 B&W 12 Min.

The Other Fellow s Feelings (Centron) 1951 B&W 8 Min.

Your Body During Adolescence (McGraw-Hill) 1954 B&W 11 Min.

The Show-off (Centron) 1954 B&W 11 Min.

Planning For Success (Coronet) 1950 B&W 10 Min.

Moment of Decision (Sid Davis Prods.) 1961 Color 10 Min. Narrated by Timothy Farrell

Car Theft (Bray-Mar) 1956 B&W 14 Min.

Dance Little Children (Centron) 1961 Color 25 Min.

The Decision Is Yours (Calvin Productions) 1970 Color 30 Min.

BONUS FEATURES:

From Rugs to Riches (Thomas Craven Prods.) Color 15 Min. A training film for the adult man, starring Jonathan Winters

Interview with A/V Geeks founder Skip Elsheimer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HGRI9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Coll on December 30, 2009
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I gave this dvd and the companion(of course!) "How to be a Woman" video to two different couples this year for the holidays. Just opening the boxes brought giggles but I was surprised at how much discussion followed watching them. Younger (early twenties) family members were as amused as they were amazed by the life lessons presented. For those of us that remembered (at least some) of the educational films we've had inflicted on us it was equally horrifying and hilarious.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By eugelicious on January 25, 2011
Educational videos from a long ago era. This is the kind of thing you want to watch with a group of your most sarcastic, giggly friends. Marvel at the plastic-covered lamps! Count how many reindeer sweaters are worn - by guys! Mock the overly-earnest lessons, conveyed by non-actors in period clothing, hair-dos, "quaint" settings!

Gentlemen, if you haven't seen this, you're not truly a "man" yet. Ladies, watch this to better understand the male species. And, parents, if you want your sons to grow up right, here's the full-proof blueprint.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on February 18, 2010
These are some terrific shorts and are very entertaining, looking back on them now. The Navy film about sailors knocking up their girlfriends. Being trustworthy. Your Body During Adolescence. These and more are great entertainment. Be prepared to watch and laugh.
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