Franz Kafka’s Unfinished Novel, The Castle, Gets Turned Into an Album by Czech Musicians: Watch a Music Video for the Song, “The Grave”

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If, for some unfathomable reason, author Franz Kafka should emerge from his grave to direct a music video, the result would most certainly resemble the one for “The Grave” by The Kafka Band, above.

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Jonathan Demme Narrates I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!,” a Short Film About the Counterculture Cartoon Reid Fleming

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Earlier today, we sadly learned about the passing of Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs and Stop Making Sense. We’ll have more to say about his contributions to cinema in the morning. But, for now, I want to share a short film, narrated by Demme himself in 2015, called I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!.

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1950s Batman Cartoon Tells Kids: “Don’t Believe Those Crackpot Lies About People Who Worship Differently”

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“Don’t believe those crackpot lies about people who worship differently, or whose skin is of a different color, or whose parents come from another country. Remember our American heritage of freedom and equality!”
Blow the dust off the vintage 1950s Public Service Announcement (PSA) from Batman.

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Hear an Hour of the Jazzy Background Music from the Original 1967 Spider-Man Cartoon

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Ray Ellis had a six-decade career as a producer, arranger, and jazz composer. And while he’s best known for arranging music for Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin (1958), he also enjoyed a long career orchestrating music for television.

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The Harlem Jazz Singer Who Inspired Betty Boop: Meet the Original Boop-Oop-a-Doop, “Baby Esther”

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Jazz Age cartoon flapper, Betty Boop, inhabits that rare pantheon of stars whose fame has not dimmed with time.
While she was never alive per se, her ten year span of active film work places her somewhere between James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. The market for Boop-collectibles is so vast, a definitive guide was published in 2003.

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How Superman Defeated the KKK (in Real Life): Hear the World-Changing 1946 Radio Drama

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Earlier this week, we featured the 1950 Superman poster that urged students to defend the American way and fight discrimination everywhere. Today, we present another chapter from Superman’s little-known history as a Civil Rights defender.
The year is 1946. World War II has come to an end.

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Free: Watch 92 Episodes of the Surrealist Cartoon, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Featuring Björk, Thom Yorke & More

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Head over to AdultSwim.com and you can watch online 92 episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

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1950 Superman Poster Urged Kids to Defend All Americans, Regardless of Their Race, Religion or National Origin

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It makes sense that Superman would take a tolerant view of immigrants and other minorities, given that he himself arrived on Earth as a refugee from the planet Krypton.

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A Map of Chicago’s Gangland: A Cheeky, Cartographic Look at Al Capone’s World (1931)

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Modern day Chicagoland gang activity does not inspire quippy cartoon “wonder maps.” Back when Al Capone ruled Chicago’s underworld, the public viewed gangsters with movie magazine breathlessness. Their violent crimes and glamorous lifestyles sold newspapers and movie tickets.

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Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury Imagines a Trump Candidacy Back in 1999. And Nails It!

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Doonesbury; November 14, 1999
Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History, just ended its first season with an episode (stream it below) dedicated to how satire can speak truth to power. “Satire lets you say almost anything,” muses Gladwell, “When you sugarcoat a bitter truth with humor, it makes the medicine go down.

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