Weekend Heller: Naziwood, Sixteen Pages, Glaser’s Sprocket

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Hollywood or Naziwood

The same day that this story appeared in the New York Times reporting on the forthcoming book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler, accusing 1930s Hollywood moguls (many who were Jewish) as “collaborators” with the Nazis “in an effort to protect the German market for their movies,” I received the book jacket below (from veteran creative director Mark Kingsley).

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Decades after Louis B. Mayer and other film titans succumbed to the demands of Nazi censorship, independent filmmakers took a page (or cover) from the pulps and made cartoony exploitation films full of sex and violence (not unlike Quentin Tarantino’s filims today). Nazisploitation! edited by Elizabeth Bridges, Kristin Vander Lugt and Daniel Magilow, examines that low brow, exploitative feeding frenzy where National Socialism and popular cinema joined at the hip during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The editors focus on the films Love Camp 7 and Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS introducing what film historians call the “sleaze” film. The precursor of caricatures in Heavy Metal comics and video games today.

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Strange bedfellows?

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Anything Goes in Sixteen Pages

The premise devised by Pietro Corraini, founding editor of Un Sedicesimo, is an artist or designer can do anything they want in one sixteen (sedicesimo) page signature. Well, virtually anything.

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The project is offshoot of Pietro’s family publishing house, Edizioni Corraini, which publishes books by Bruno Munari and a wide selection of Italian and international children’s book author/artists. The most recent Un Sedicesimo (#31) is by Nora Krug (above) and the very first (#1) was by her husband Steven Guarnaccia. Ah symmetry!

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Milton Glaser Tells Time

Milton Glaser has a new line of clocks (and soon matching wrist watches). The ultra-thin Sprocket plastic wall clock, available at MoMA, with both a number and a color spectrum, displays time in an unconventional way. A rotating disk with a circular hole reveals the hour, while the red hand denotes minutes. Quartz movement. One button-cell battery included. Made by Kikkerland Design. See a video of its movement here.

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