What's the appeal of humor masquerading as seriousness? An entire movie genre stands ready to shed light on that question.
Who needs black clothing to fight fascism when red, white, and blue will do quite nicely?
Night of the Living Dead’s production story reads like a means to an end: a rag-tag group of creatives makes a movie on nothing to get noticed.
Segundo de Chomón made “trick films” that experimented with color and temporality, influencing the surrealist work of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí.
You might know him from Phantom of the Opera or The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Instagram didn't invent photos of culinary masterpieces designed to inflame the appetite. Cookbooks have been at it for centuries.
The pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton once told an ethnomusicologist that real jazz tunes needed "tinges of Spanish."
The complicated notion of glamour in classic Hollywood, suggesting that stars were aloof and unknowable, was also a means to sell products.
Songs weren't always labeled for explicit lyrics. The history of how it all came about includes some unlikely bedfellows.
Mental hygiene films of the postwar era gave advice to American teens—and parroted specific cultural values.