Thursday, November 16, 2006

RIP Sid Davis

I don't know how I missed this one. Legendary producer Sid Davis died a few weeks ago at age 90. You've probably never heard of Sid, but if you were in school in the '50s and '60s, you've probably seen at least one of his films. Sid made 10 minute cautionary films for teenagers with titles like “Too Young to Burn,” “What Made Sammy Speed?,” “and Say No to Strangers!.” Each one begins in the same way: something terrible has happened (car crash, pregancy, drug addiction), and then we are shown the events that led up to to it. All the films are narrated by an authority figure. In Sid Davis' world, life is fraught with danger at every turn, but by staying on the straight-and-narrow youngsters can avoid them. In reality, the dangers depicted looked a whole lot more fun than being a good citizen.

Check out some of Sid's films on YouTube


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