Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Daily YouTube: The age of innocence

Back in the innocent, naive days of the early 1960s, American movie-goers were treated to this absolutely bizarre newsreel.

Part 1 has the capture of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba of the newly independent Republic of the Congo and his return to the capital to face "justice" at the hands of his arch-rival Joseph Mobutu. Lumumba was tortured and killed by his captors shortly after this footage was filmed.

Part 2 shows us happy newlyweds Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee returning to California from their honeymoon.

This is the most extreme example I've ever seen of the latter days of American innocence.

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