4/5/12

ADVERTS: THE EMPIRE GOES MAD

I'm hopelessly addicted to old television...well, crap. Commercials, station ID's, bumpers, end credit rolls, etc. Here's a compilation reel somebody --um--compiled of British mid-sixties commercials. The theme is MOD. Everything advertised--stockings, cigarettes, mens clothing--is shot, discussed and displayed through the lens of the then very vogue mod-ish-ness thing. Richard Lester seems to be peering over the shoulder of whomever the actual directors of these commercials are. Were. Whatever. BTW, the last cigarette advert allowed in Great Britain appears in this reel. (It's from 1965. The British were way ahead of us in banning cigarette advertising...I wonder why?) It features a bride lighting up at her wedding, literally moments after she's been married. Or is it moments before?

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