Cult films have a special place in American film nerds’ hearts. This documentary explores how cult films affect their fans and how they become so through interviews with fans, filmmakers, and a variety of speakers.
BOOTLEG FILES 649: “Care of Hair and Nails” (1951 educational film about good grooming).
LAST SEEN: It is on YouTube and Archive.org.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: In anthologies of old instructional films.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: The copyright may have expired.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Not likely.
From the late 1940s into the 1970, American schoolchildren were bombarded with a series of 16mm educational films designed to encourage proper behavior. By contemporary standards, the films are rather hokey – and one would imagine that the smarter kids of a distant era were quietly snickering at these well-intentioned but daffy cinematic efforts.