The Educational Archives: Sex & Drugs
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Generations of American children sat in dark classrooms and absorbed wisdom in the form of 16mm educational and social guidance films. Through the flicker of dim projector bulbs and the warble of optical soundtracks a blueprint for better living in the Atomic Age was spelled out in no uncertain terms. Now just as you remember them, Fantoma presents these collections of sex education & drug prevention films. Learn all about the dangers of marijuana, the perils of heavy petting, the difference between boys and girls and the joys of menstruation. Films include: LSD: Insight or Insanity, It's Wonderful Being a Girl, Narcotics: Pit of Despair, The ABC's of Sex Ed. for Trainables, & Marijuana (with Sonny Bono).
- 2 Hours of digitally mastered shorts from the original 16mm prints as seen in the classrooms of your youth
- Notes on each film by collection curator Skip Elsheimer of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive
- Bonus Interactive Filmstrips
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I was lucky enough to get this DVD as part of the Educational Archive Lunchbox, which features four of these incredible DVDs that brought me back to my Junior High school auditorium, where we spent endless hours in slightly too small wooden seats, trying to pass notes in the dark, and remaining quiet enough that the teachers wouldn't return from smoking in the teacher's lounge next door. It's where we got our ideas that only 'bad' boys and girls would do anything as horrible as smoke a joint, I mean marijuana cigarette. Those same 'bad kids' would drive fast in cars that weren't their parents' station wagons, would park in the back seat and steam up the windows, and always, always met with a bad end. Characters in these movies had best tread the straight and narrow, if not, they invariably ended up horribly mutilated, unless they were lucky enough to die first. Redemption might come, but only at a terrible, terrible cost. (and Cliches ran rampant in every scene, much like this review)
I watched these movies the first time around and believed almost every word. Seeing this DVD brought me back to the days of Shag haircuts and a school that treated gum chewing as a major sin. I laughed so hard I was hoarse for days. My daughter, an "Echo Boomer," was horrified that anyone would show this stuff to kids and suddenly understood many of the school references on "The Simpsons." Friends of either age always laugh hysterically and shout, 'Play it Again!"
This stuff is comedy gold. If you lived when these movies were shown in school, you must see them again. You'll be transported back to school dances where girls stood along one wall, waiting to be picked to dance; while teachers made sure the lights stayed on and carried a pointer to keep young dancers aware of the "six inch rule." (It means dancers needed to remain at least six inches apart, sometimes leaving enough room for the Holy Ghost to cut in) Punishment was swift and sure, and any misdeed would go on your Permanent Record.
Buy this. You won't be sorry you did. If you don't, it will go on your Permanent Record.
The film about teaching sex education to autistic people is a classic, especially the scene with the teachers brainstorming for other things to call a penis.
One complaint: The best selection, "Narcotics: Pit of Despair" seems to end prematurely, denying viewers the final moral of the story.
I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of Volume 2.
How about a Driver's Ed collection? "Blood on the Highway" ?
smug 'LSD-Insight Or Insanity'.These are really fun if your looking for a good laugh at the absurdity of youth education of the day,or if your just into weird propaganda.