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Flick Out; Good Friend, The; Oh!

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Flick Out
Good Friend, The; Oh!
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Originally aired on May 22, 1968 as a four and a half hour marathon showcasing young filmmakers. Hosted by Standish Lawder, Yale University film professor, “Flick Out” gave viewers the chance to watch some of the most creative films being produced at that time. It included short documentaries, film essays, animated cartoons and full-length features that illuminated the art of film.

Beginning in July 1968, “Flickout” became a weekly half-hour series, produced by Henry Morgenthau, showing experimental films from both new, young filmmakers, and established craftsmen. Whenever possible Morgenthau interviews the filmmaker whose work is being shown. Series release date: 5/22/1968

Program Description

The Good Friend, by Jimmy Murakami, is a serio-comedy story about the “eternal triangle.” Initially, the words “friends, nice, sex, love” are spoken by a series of animated men and women who meet, embrace, and simply fade away. Then the scene changes and we see an engaged couple who go out of their way to befriend a faceless man. By the time the prospective husband has given way, quite literally, his eyes, nose, and mouth to the new “friend,” he has also given away his fiancee. the moral is obvious: the more you give away, the more you lose.

Oh!, by Stan Vanderbeek, is an abstract, primitive approach to man’s relations within his society and to former societies. It’s really a study in human innocent ignorance. the cast of characters is a series of hand-drawn faces that dissolve into each other. There’s also a visual review of ancient Egyptian-Greek-Gothic artifacts, all accompanied by appropriate faces. The dialogue throughout is “oh!” which is written on the screen in cartoon fashion each time one to the characters realizes something about his personal surroundings. The film ends with the expression of the ultimate realization: “Oh yeah.”



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Film and Television
Morgenthau III, Henry (Series Producer)
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