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Last night I Dreamt of Scopitones

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:57 am
by Kari Salonen
Make of it what you will, but last night I had a very vivid dream where there were Scopitone videojukeboxes on every street corner. More chillingly, Each of them was playing the same song, a retroish, neo-thirties-come-electro Euro-swing tune. Imagine that echoing from dozens or hundreds loudspeakers around you.

"It must have been that sandwich", I thought in the morning, "or then that certain Buggles song I had heard in a film recently".

They do have an eerie presence, when you think of it:

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Re: Last night I Dreamt of Scopitones

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:42 pm
by NormanD
I don't think they ever made it to the UK. Does anyone know otherwise?

Did your dream also have that sharp colour palette that makes Scopitones stand out?

Re: Last night I Dreamt of Scopitones

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:18 pm
by Kari Salonen
Very colourful, yes. Vivid colours always play a part in my dreams. But I'm kind of grateful they aren't downright synesthetic...

Re: Last night I Dreamt of Scopitones

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:51 pm
by john poole
NormanD wrote:I don't think they ever made it to the UK
There certainly were some video jukeboxes in the UK in the early 60s, although I never saw one. Research suggests that these were probably the Italian Cinebox, rather than the French Scopitone.
http://www.scopitonearchive.com/cinebox/index.html

On one of these machines you might have been lucky enough to see Vince Hill with his rendition of 'Twistin' the Night Away', wearing a raincoat for some strange reason, and out of sync to add to your enjoyment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Jaooqz-eo

Re: Last night I Dreamt of Scopitones

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:43 pm
by AndyM
Was your dream at all connected to the UK's Eurovision entry this year ??

Re: Last night I Dreamt of Scopitones

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:58 pm
by Kari Salonen
Yikes! No, I hadn't seen that (of course I had to check). I still vaguely remember some fascist-bombastic art deco elements of the streetviews...

(By the way, that UK entry is not much of a song, but UK hasn't come up with anything as fresh and original in years. I could reply with the Finnish entry, but I've already done that in fact, in the Youtube section...)