February 12, 2017 Subject:
1930s people doing their 1930s thing
My favourite part was when one man was walking past the camera, and raised his hat for the camera.
March 31, 2011 Subject:
Thank You Ivan!
......Thank you Ivan for leaving these films for the next generations to enjoy. I can see now what my Mom, K. Johnson was talking about all these years. And to see my Great Aunt, whom my middle name was after, was a joy! Very proud and classy people-No matter what their circumstances were!!
October 31, 2010 Subject:
Long Ago & Far Away
Another installment in the life of Britton, SD in 1938-39...I love these films...it's almost like being transported back 70 years. Given the years these films were made, I found myself wondering how many of the teenage boys we see
were lost in WW II....
May 30, 2010 Subject:
Another truly remarkable video diary of a community way back when. Well worth the download as are all his films.
January 2, 2010 Subject:
Part II of Mr. Besse's film of his town in the late 1930's
This film really captures the time and the atmosphere of Britton, South Dakota in 1938-39. It is like stepping bck in time. I enjoyed watching the various routines and events done during those years: The football team, the band, the 4 H parade, Santa Clause and the children, etc. Even the sheriff and his deputies were shown escourting some chained prisoner into a car. Looks like the place was a nice place to live.
January 7, 2009 Subject:
I could not have enjoyed this more. America at its best. I had to wonder how many of those youngsters lost their lives in WWII. Mr. Besse was an accomplished photographer. His focus and framing on the street shots must have been very hard to do, given the equipment he had to work with. There are several shots on the football field that would take a crew of 20 to duplicate today. It is wonderful that films like this are preserved for us to see.
December 10, 2005 Subject:
The Christmas Edition!
This is a great one!
We start out by once again going out on the street.. Man, the kids in those days are so much more well groomed and clean cut, making them unbelievably hansome! Soon, were off to the Sheriffs office, where we see what he really packs in his bag.. Then we see the exterior of the police station.. They have a jail! Before I could ask if they house any prisoners.. they bring one out!!! Hes got a handcuff and chain on.. cool! Then we go the gas station.. More people walking around.. Whoa! Large bundle of Christmas trees arriving! Hey the town is decorated for Christmas! More people.. whoa! Look at those prices for produce! 35 cents for 2 DOZEN oranges! WOW. More people.. more sharp looking guys! Ha ha at the shy window cleaners! Ya, you two Mrs Im ingoring the camera lady! The BEST BEST moment of this whole series comes at 6:21 when a shot of a pretty young lady is ruined by the SCARIEST looking old coot with a bad eye! YIKES!! We then get some unspectacular night shots that demonstrate, well, the town is not so well lit. We go back to daytime shots and more people shots, thank goodness. Then we come across a number of shots of people milling around on the street.. waiting for something hmmm then out of a business comes SANTA CLAUS!!! Hes a pretty LAME looking santa claus, but no matter, for people just SWARM his truck and the jolly old soul.. Look for the shot of the guy who LOOKS like Santa Claus with the expression of Damn, why wasnt I chosen? After that, more walking around shots! The, in a segment that was sure to amuse and confound the viewing public in 1938.. we have a series of backwards shots! Wooo! After that, a shot of.. a beaver.. hmm.. No idea of what thats about.. More street shots.. We then get an extended glimpse of the mighty Britton Braves football team! After THAT, a 4H club parade!!! Who cares? Noone else does LOL.. Love some of the signs though.. Farmerettes. This is one LAME parade. We finish off with more street shots!! Wee!!
May 27, 2004 Subject:
discard hollywood.SEE the REAL USA in 1938
Ivan Besse filmed two and a half hours of movies in his small country home town during 1938/1939. He would film one week and the next week he would show the film at the Strand Cinema where he was the projectionist. The people are so natural and the children are delightful. We see the local sporting team in action and meet the players. Shown also, is the Street Parade. Still held and last year,s parade was a huge success. Excellent photography in high definition b/w silent film