Skip to comments.Reel Classroom: The best educational films
Posted on 04/09/2013 12:31:34 AM PDT by lowbridge
For several generations of us, one of the joys of grade school was returning to the classroom after recess to discover a film projector aimed at a white screen. The subject of the tightly wound reel of celluloid could be anything from a tutorial on table manners to a tour of the Grand Canyon. Better yet, once we reached our teens, the possibilities for educational films broadened to include more entertaining topics, like teenage rebellion, dating and, yes, even the mysteries of kissing.
Confronting these subjects in our typically dull homeroom was awkward bordering on surreal, making the experience unforgettable. We may have joked about the educational films on the bus ride home, but many of us remain profoundly affected by what took place in those darkened classrooms.
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Ahhh, the memories ! !
The best “take” on those films was done by the robots on MST3000. If you get a chance, check ‘em out.
It was a safety film on the safe handling of liquid oxygen, and it had a blend of intentional corniness, humor, sex and deadly in your face seriousness (at the very end)
No sailor I knew who saw that wanted to play with liquid oxygen after seeing it. The guy they show at the end apparently was working in a hot climate, and thought it was a good idea to put the venting end of the delivery hose inside his coveralls to cool off. It saturated him with oxygen, and when he lit a cigarette shortly afterwards, he went up like a roman candle.
My favorite from school was HS Auto Mechanics screening of a color classic called “Valve Bodies Don’t Bite”.
Ah, yes, the thrill of walking into a classroom and seeing the projector set up in the back of the room!
Weird Al Yankovic uses these classic films in his concerts — “Our Friend Dirt”, etc.
lol...yes indeed. My favorite is the MST3K rip on “Table Manners”.
“More gin, Dad?”