A Trip Down Memory Lane

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A Trip Down Memory Lane is a 1965 experimental collage film by Arthur Lipsett, created by editing together images and sound clips from over fifty years of newsreel footage.

The film was intended as an audiovisual tour of the post-war technocracy. In his notes for producer Donald Brittain about the film, Lipsett wrote that “as science grows, religious belief seems to have diminished... The new machines (of every description) are now invested with spiritual qualities. They have become ritualistic implements.”[1] Lipsett envisioned his film as a kind of cinematic time capsule for future generations, and sub-titled the film accordingly, as "Additional Material for a Time-Capsule."[2]

A Trip Down Memory Lane combines footage from a beauty contest, religious procession, failed airflight, automotive and science experiments, animal experimentation, skyscraper construction, military paraphernalia, John D. Rockefeller and scenes of leisure, Richard Nixon and scenes of war, blimps and hot air balloons, and a sword swallower.[1]

To create the film, Lipsett travelled from Montreal to New York City to obtain stock footage in 35mm which he had reduced to 16mm. He then drew new edge code on it by hand. Finally, he had it blown up to 35mm for release.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kashmere, Brett (May 2004). "Arthur Lipsett". Senses of Cinema. ISSN 1443-4059. Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. 
  2. ^ Wees, William C. (Fall 2007). "FROM COMPILATION TO COLLAGE: The Found-Footage Films of Arthur Lipsett: The Martin Walsh Memorial Lecture 2007". Canadian Journal of Film Studies. 
  3. ^ Siegal, Lois (October 1986). "A Clown Outside the Circus". Cinema Canada. Lois Siegal. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 

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