Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Century 21 Calling - Bell Labs promotional film for 1962 Seattle World's Fair


Occassionally, people do get the future right, as they seem to have done in this film, Century 21 Calling, made more than 45 years ago to promote Bell Labs at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

Call-waiting, call-forwarding, pagers, auto-dialing, news & weather info retrieval, central computer databases that log all of your private information (so that's where it came from).

Still waiting on that solar battery business, though.

Special mention goes out to the futuristic monorail opener (those never really did catch on, did they?), the perfectly kitsch soundtrack, and the climactic ending where the young couple shoot up the to the head of the Space Needle, as if they were bursting up and out into the future.

Is that Bill Murray singing in the background at the end?

You tell me ...

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