Sunday, November 16, 2014

Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (1921) Silent Hall of FameI

I have a viewer that has been getting into silent films and I came across this classic "The Kid" from 1921. It stars, was written, produced, directed and the music composed by Charlie Chaplin. I found it on here archive.org it was uploaded by the Silent Hall of Fame. Tom this ones for you.

"The Kid" is a moving social drama with a touch of comedy, created by and starring Charlie Chaplin and featuring Edna Purviance, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.
"The Kid" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2011.
The film is ranked number 23 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

"The Kid" has an outstanding rating 8.4 in IMDB.

Directed by               Charlie Chaplin
Produced by             Charles Chaplin Productions
Scenario by               Charlie Chaplin          
Starring                     Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Tom Wilson
Cinematography       Roland Totheroh
Distributed by           First National Pictures
Release date               February 6, 1921
Running time             52 min.
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles





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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dropping Acid A Trip W/ Mr. LSD, The CIA and George Clinton

There we have been on kind of an acid trip lately, in a purely virtual sense. That is to say we have been exploring / posting some LSD films on ChiTownView and not using this illeagal substance. Here's the rundown of recent activity.





Published on Jan 11, 2013
I came across this, in some ways startling, film while going through the National Archives. The official title is "Schizophrenic Model Psychosis Induced by Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). This film provides footage of University of California medical tests with LSD supervised by Nicholas A. Bercel MD. Dr. Bercel is the first American to ingest acid.

Tests that seems to have been sponsored by the CIA who had been sponsering research on LSD since 1951. It is a fascinating document showing three men seated in what looks like (from the looks of the wallpaper) someones dining room. The subject William Millarc, an artist, is given LSD 25 and then is interviewed as he's tripping. In 1957 he took his own life despondent over his lack of financial success.

LSD was first synthesized by Dr. Albert Hoffmann in 1938 and was produced by Sandoz labs. To learn more about this fascinating drug here is a link to it's history in comic form. http://phocks.org/stumble/lsd-history...


This clip was used in a recent post on Dangerous Minds. If you want to check it out click here.





Published on July 16, 2014  
"In this educational short "Mr.LSD" explains what horrible things he can do to the human mind.
LSD-25 is a goofier than average drug scare flick produced in 1967 for the San Mateo Union High School District in San Mateo, California. The entire film is narrated by a tab of LSD - a device that Bunuel would have admired.
This one has it all: over-the-top freakouts, groovy fashions, a Satanic mass, trippy visuals and little known factoids like LSD makes kids "paint themselves green." It also features an obscure Jonathan King tune called "Round Round."
Strap yourself in and "join the mind expanding world where colors and sounds and smells and tastes and people all take on new dimensions and qualities."





Published on Oct 28, 2014
A video mashup produced by Scott Calonico using 1960's film footage, including a clip of Sonny Bono. The narration includes historical information about the CIA experiments that came to light in the 1970's during the Ford administration. This is when the MK Ultra experiments and the death / murder of Frank Olson came to light.



Then to round up my trip after uploading this last clip I went to check out the days news at Huffington Post where I came across some words of wisdom from George Clinton a man who's had some non-clinical experience in the field of LSD research.

GeorgeClinton Details The Nasty Effects Of Eating Soul Food On Acid

"We were still ghetto kids eating soul food. You can't eat soul food and do acid," Clinton said with a laugh. "You really have to become vegetarian because it don't work on meat. Besides, tripping on the meat, looking at it while you're eating it, it comes out messed up. And like I said, we were pitiful with hemorrhoids."
Watch the rest of the clip above, and catch the full HuffPost Live conversation here







Thursday, October 16, 2014

Erotic Art (?), Joe DiMaggio and The Violent Alderman's War In Chicago's Taylor Street Area

Three new videos posted on ChiTownView.

The Taylor Street area on Chicago's near west side is a community of well maintained older buildings with new development mixed in. It's sandwiched between the University of Illinois & the Rush Medical area. Earlier this month we took you to Arrigo Park and showed some of it's public art. Today we showcase two more interesting spots in this community and shine a spotlight on what was the cities most violent struggles for political power.


Published on Oct 16, 2014

Well who knows what is and isn't art and erotic is a personal decision right? It's in a beautiful little space right along Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago's Taylor St. / University Village / Little Italy neighborhood. Part of St. Ignatius College Prep this little green spot is also a time capsule that contains architectural details of two long gone Chicago institutions.

The large flower pot that opens the video is part of the cornice from the old Chicago Stock Exchange. A building designed by Dankmar Adler & Louis Sullivan and demolished in 1972. The massive bas reliefs that may or may not be considered racy were part of the old Chicago Stadium. Home of Michael Jordan's championship run with the Chicago Bulls. The panels were a gift by Bill Wirtz owner of the Blackhawks.


For more background on this spot follow this link.




Published on Oct 16, 2014

Located across the street from the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame at 1431 W Taylor St.in Chicago's University Village is a delightful little plaza with fountains and this handsome statue of Joltin' Joe DiMaggio himself.




The bucolic  quiet streets and noble purposes of the institutions are a far cry from what the area was like almost a hundred years ago. Then the area was a teeming slum known as the bloody 19th ward seething with gangsters and crooked politicians. And the scene of the Alderman's War a violent conflict for political control that earned the area it's nickname.

In this video we show the Taylor St. area or University Village as it's now called and what some of the key sites of the story look like today. We meet Johnny Powers and Antonio D'Andrea the two principals of our story and hear the tale. It's another chapter in Chicago's hidden history that we call “Chicago Crime Now & Then”. Produced by Mike Beyer & MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView. To see more videos in the series click here.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gary Webb "Kill The Messenger" In His Own Words

One of the sadder more galling stories of the second half of the 20th century is getting a little more exposure in the past couple of weeks with the release of a couple of new films. The  story is about the drugs for guns program run by Nicaraguan rebels the with the assistance of the US government. On the one hand Nancy Reagan was telling us to “just say no” and her husband was enacting harsh penalties on people who used crack. At the same time Oliver North, George Bush and his cronies at the CIA were at the very least turning a blind eye towards drugs being imported into the country to finance covert warfare in Nicaragua.

How deep was the governments involvement? We'll never no because it's a story America's so called liberal media covered the story up and drove one man who tried to break the story to kill himself. That man was Gary Webb his story was called “The Dark Alliance” and he and his story are the subjects of the films.

There is a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, crack kingpin in LA during the 1980s and one of the subjects of Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of reports. Then just released Friday is “Kill The Messenger,” which focuses on Webb's tragic story and features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb. You can read more about these films and see their trailers by clicking on this link to Huffington Post. One of the sadder more galling stories of the second half of the 20th century is getting a little more exposure in the past couple of weeks with the release of a couple of new films. The  story is about the drugs for guns program run by Nicaraguan rebels the with the assistance of the US government. On the one hand Nancy Reagan was telling us to “just say no” and her husband was enacting harsh penalties on people who used crack. At the same time Oliver North, George Bush and his cronies at the CIA were at the very least turning a blind eye towards drugs being imported into the country to finance covert warfare in Nicaragua.

There is a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, crack kingpin in LA during the 1980s and one of the subjects of Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of reports. Then just released Friday is “Kill The Messenger,” which focuses on Webb's tragic story and features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb. You can read more about these films and see their trailers by clicking on this link to Huffington Post. 

We at MindsiMedia first reported on this story about seven years ago om our Mindsi2 YouTube station. Mindsi2 was a station that explored some of America's hidden history. Tracing the growth of the American empire from the Spanish American war onwards. While the stupid name hindered our growth we had a respectable viewership before YouTube terminated it last year. Why it was terminated I don't know it had no strikes one day and the next it was gone.

We have revived the spirit of Mindsi2 at MindsiMedia. On our ChiTownView YouTube station we are uploading videos and collecting them in a playlist we call the old news. Two new clips we have just uploaded deal with Gary Webb and the Contra Drug story. Both of them were part of the Mindsi2 library. “Gary Webb In His Own Words” is an interview that was recorded shortly before he committed suicide in 2002. CIA / Contra Drug Connection? is a clip that tells the wider story of possible CIA involvement in drug running.


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Other places on MindsiMedia where you can explore stories that aren't part of the mainstream are on our web site on the Mindsi 2 / Hidden History page

If your on Pintrest there are several relevant boards on my page there.

We have also blogged here on this subject but to be honest our archives are in a bit of disarray. It's an issue were working on.

One of the first journalists to report on this story, even before Gary Webb was Robert Parry who has the online news magazine Consortium News check it out by following thelink. 



Monday, October 6, 2014

Arrigo Park Public Art In A Chicago Green Spot

The Taylor street area now known as University Village is a residental neighborhood tuckedice between the University of Illinois campus and the Rush Medical complex. It was one of two original Italian communities in the city. Nowadays it is more cosmopolitan and upscale than a hundred years ago when it was a mobster controled slum. Among other things it is home to Arrigo Park a nice little patch of green in a fairly dense residential area.








It is also has a couple of works of public art that I recently post videos of on our ChiTownView You Tube station.




Published on Oct 5, 2014
This bronze statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is one of the few surviving relics of Chicago's 1893 Columbia Exposition. It was created for the “white city” by noted sculptor Moses Ezekiel. After the exposition this masterpiece was housed in Columbus Memorial Building located in the loop at State & Washington. That was torn down in 1959 and the statue was stored in a lumber yard until the Chicago Tribune wrote a story about it's plight. A community group was organized by Victor Arrigo and the statue was rescued and in 1966 was installed in what was then known as Vernon Park. Since then the park has been renamed Arrigo Park to honor the man who not only rescued the statue but served the area as a state representative.

 
Published on Oct 4, 2014
A small veterans memorial located in the Taylor St areas Arrigo Park on Chicago's near west side. The monument is just behind the statue of Christopher Columbus at the Lomis St. entrance.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ghosts Of Gangsters And Some Tasty Soda Pop A Dispatch From Forest Park Il.

As you may well or not know the world headquarters of MindsiMedia is located in Forest Park Il. A small town just west of downtown Chicago. It might not be a upscale bustling metropolis but it has it's quirky charm and a bit of history. Today we share some video snap shots from ChiTownView of both aspects with you.

Forest Park's “main street” is Madison Ave. and on it you will find Shaure's Hardware. Inside of it I recently came across some tasty beverages which led to a couple of videos.



Published on Sep 24, 2014
I found some Capone family soda pop at my local hardware store the other day and decided to give it a taste test. As I sipped the beverage I ruminated a couple of Al Capone related stories. Including one involving Chicago legend "Weird" Harold Rubin. Then to wind things up I recited a quote from “snorky” himself. The quote is included on the post card shown at the end of the clip. It can be found at the MindsiMedia shop at Zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/words_of_wisdom...



Published on Oct 4, 2014
Last week we taste tested the green apple soda part of the line of Capone Family Secrets line of pops. Today we have a double header of small label soda pop samplers first up is a Soviet soda called Leninade and thena blast from the past called Kickapoo Joy Juice. All three of these fine beverages I found at my local hardware store. This would be; Shauer's Hardware 7449 W Madison, Forest Park, IL 60130, (708) 366 – 1100, http://schauershardware.com/
Kickapoo Joy Juice dates back to the 1950's and has it's own song.





While Forest Park itself wasn't home to any of Chicago's gangster elites a whole lot of them lived in neighboring Oak Park and River Forest. So they did do a lot of business here Sam Giancana aka “momo” held court at a nondiscript tavern on Roosevelt Rd.



Published on Nov 9, 2013
The south side of Roosevelt Rd. west of Harlem has been home to a racetrack, a golf course, a torpedo plant, a shopping mall and a church. The north side of the street is a nondescript collection of apartments and businesses including this restaurant. In the 1950's and 60's it was called the Armory Lounge and was the headquarters for Sam Giancana head of the Chicago outfit.
The powerful Mafia boss choose this location because it was out of the way and a two minute drive from his house. Not far enough out of the way though because the FBI stumbled onto the joint and ended up planting a wiretap here and another in a Michigan Ave. clothes store. Together they provided the first insights into the inner workings of the Chicago outfit. And began a series of legal problems that eventually forced Giancana leave the country for awhile.
This spot began its life, in a different building, during the 1920's as the Roosevelt Gardens. It has also been called The Lodge and the Torpedo Tap.

This clip is another in our series "Chicago Crime now & Then" check out our playlist.

For more looks at Forest Park check out our playlist of videos about the town.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Wire creator David Simon: why American politics no longer works

The Wire creator David Simon: why American

politics no longer works

The writer’s next show, Show Me a Hero, is the true story of a
battle over public housing that convulsed New York in the 80s. Here,
on location in Manhattan, he talks about how money corrupts US
politics, the erosion of the working class, why it’s a crime to be
poor in America – and why he likes to argue



“That’s the notion that the markets will solve everything. Leave me alone. I want maximum liberty, I want maximum freedom. Those words have such power in America. On the other hand ‘responsibility’ or ‘society’ or ‘community’ are words that are increasingly held in disfavour in the United States. And that’s a recipe for cooking up a second-rate society, one that does not engage with the notion of collective responsibility. We’re only as good a society as how we treat those who are most vulnerable and nobody’s more vulnerable than our poor. To be poor is not a crime, except in America.”  





Omar sums it all up in this classic scene from The Wire. 
Click there.