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Flick Out; Eddie


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Flick Out
Series Description

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

A film by Peter Barton and Laurence Salzman. A day in the life of a resident of one of New York’s welfare hotels. Eddie is a used up middle-aged relic, an alcoholic, one-time follower of Father Divine, Father Coughlin, the German-American Bund, whose life is a constant succession of little failures, a constant and doomed attempt to make it. The film revolves around the departure of Eddie’s last friend, and puts him in confrontation with himself and death. Salzman and Barton lived and worked in the welfare hotels while filming and the film is a subjective attempt at film portraiture. Shot on a low budget with live sound it nevertheless expresses the desperation of these living throwaways better than many more sophisticated treatments.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Morgenthau III, Henry (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Flick Out; Eddie,” 04/09/1970, GBH Archives, accessed December 6, 2023,
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