Includes embroidery, weaving and basket making

A short montage of crowded city streets in the late 30s.

A chain gang in Charleston, South Carolina. Notice that all the prisoners are Black.

After his success in Tod Browning's "Dracula," Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi (1882-1956) refused the role of the monster in "Frankenstein" because he believed all the grunting required of him would be beneath his dignity as an actor. Ironically, however, Lugosi tended to accept any script offered to him in which there was plenty of dialog. The result was a string of low-grade Z pictures that were basically parodies of his great success as Count Dracula. "White Zombie," however, WAS an exception.

Camera is positioned as if in the audience at a vaudeville or burlesque show. Two men with long hair and beards in rough clothing appear to be eating and talking in a box on the left as a female aerialist sits on a trapeze over the stage and its painted backdrop of trees. Fully dressed in street clothing, the trapezist removes her jacket and hat before performing a flip. She stands to remove her skirt and then sits back down on the bar as she takes off her corset and throws it to the country bumpkins in the box, who fight over the undergarment.

Just look into those faces of these people who were alive and well nearly 100 years ago, attending the California State Fair. Look at them and take it all in. What do you see? What kind of people? What do they look like? When I did it, what I found was both eerie and fascinating -- people long dead who lived again via the magic of movies. Who ever said time travel was impossible?


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