Today’s episode of Boing Boing Video, via Oddball Film + Video, is a 1966 Scopitone that tells the romantic tale of a Spanish bullfighter, with help from an Amy Winehouse lookalike and mustachioed Flamenco dudes bearing overwrought facial expressions. The song is “Olé Cordobes,” the credited artist is Miguel Cordoba.
Wait — what’s a Scopitone, you ask? Well, basically — 1960s video jukeboxes. As Pesco blogged earlier this year on Boing Boing, “Scopitones and Cineboxes were first introduced in Europe in 1959-1960 and came to the US a few years later. The coin-operated machines were quite popular but were swept into the dustbin of dead media by the 1970s.”
More required reading, if you’re interested in the history of these primordial music video jukeboxen:
The video comes to us as a special courtesy of Oddball Film + Video, a San Francisco stock footage company that maintains a truly amazing and extensive archive of weird old moving images. They do regular screenings in San Francisco. BB Video will be bringing you more from their superbly surreal collections in the weeks to come.
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