It’s funny, the things you find when you’re just trawling the interwebz, looking for boozy New Year’s GIFs. A German propaganda sci-fi film from the late Thirties is a funny place to find the Great White Way circa 1920, but there it is, smack at 20:55 of Weltraum Schiffi Startet Eine Technishe Fantasie (Space Ship Takeoff, a Technical Fantasy). And very dashing it looks there, too, if somewhat incongruous, what with the emphatically Teutonic voiceover announcing the triumphs and expected return of the Nazi space-conquering rocketship.
The cultural dissonance is lessened when translated to GIF form by the tireless Valentin of the GIFMovie Tumblr. Although that particular spot of NYC has probably not known silence since some time in the 1750s, it is lent an impassive dignity by the silence, allowing us to focus on the stark black and white of the image. Neon, doubtless a kaleidoscope of clash in real life, is here rendered a very existentialist white beacon against darkness. In the context of the film, it’s a metaphor for the inexorable progress of science, but to put it to the test, I’d like to see that particular corner today. Back then it advertised Calvert, a pretty decent whiskey which now belongs to Jim Beam. Today? Probably Redbull.
The GIF has had 851 notes since Dec. 22, while the YouTube languished in relative obscurity with 4,330 views in more than two years. If you like esoteric German space propaganda of the ’30s, we’ve got you covered. There are worse ways to spend New Year’s Eve than watching a nation’s lost hopes for the future while drinking bootlegged Canadian whiskey. Or is that just me?
Good morning. We know you’re busy, so we won’t keep you long. It’s probable that you, along with a significant proportion of the rest of the world, have been procrastinating on your Christmas shopping, hate yourself for it, hate yourself for caring, and are gradually sliding into panic mode.
So yeah, on the one hand, you survived the Mayan apocalypse. On the other, now you have to get the chores done. Life’s a mixed bag, eh?
Brad Pitt is also of two minds about this dilemma. Angelina Jolie’s consort made some extra pocket change this holiday season by starring in a famously incomprehensible commercial for Chanel No. 5 in which he stands around wearing a silk shirt and a goat beard, mumbling would-be profundities. A few years ago, he was a lean, mean acting machine, co-starring in Fight Club and Telling You Hard Truths. Put the two together, and you have a perfect microcosm of the slide from young revolutionary to middle-aged corporate cog.
From the Luca DG Tumblr, Brad and Brad have collected 22,301 notes in the week they’ve been together.
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