Morning Watch: Rare Robert Altman Short, Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' Standup, and NASA Vid Reveals How the Moon was Formed

Morning Watch: Rare Robert Altman Short, Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' Standup, and NASA Vid Reveals How the Moon was Formed

Mar 15, 2012

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Slow day at the office? We’ve got some really cool videos that should help pass the time.

Even the greatest directors had to start somewhere – and thanks to an alert flea-market shopper named Gary Huggins, cinephiles now have a chance to see one of Robert Altman’s earliest works. Huggins, himself a filmmaker, was perusing a Kansas City flea-market when he grabbed a few old film reels for $10. One of the titles was a piece called Modern Football – which turned out to be one of Altman’s first directorial efforts.

Huggins explains how he discovered that Modern Football was a piece of cinematic history in a recent interview. “Modern Football sounded really dull. But when I recently [watched it], I glimpsed Altman, who cameos as a sports reporter, and knew I had something incredible." If you’re curious, that’s Altman at the 2:37 mark of the clip.

These sorts of educational and industrial films were a mainstay of the ‘50s and ‘60s (as anyone who regularly watched Mystery Science Theater 3000 can attest). Check out Modern Football below and get a glimpse of one of cinema’s masters at work as he learned his craft. [via IndieWire]

Long before he started making films, Woody Allen worked as a stand-up comic. During one of his performances, it appears as though Allen actually outlined what would become Midnight in Paris. The best part? He did this roughly fifty years ago. Talk about letting an idea percolate…

Check out an audio clip of Allen’s bit below. [via BuzzFeed]

Pretty much everyone knows how the Earth was formed thanks to countless grade school science classes, but what about the Moon? Our nearest neighbor doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the planet we call home, but thanks to this new NASA video we can all learn how the biggest object in the night sky came into existence.

Have a gander at the short – you may learn something. We promise there’s no pop quiz afterward. Maybe. [via Geek Tyrant]

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