Replay (1970 Short Film)
Replay is a short film released in 1970 produced by Concepts Unlimited and presented by the Arrow Shirt Company. Tony Award winning composer Charles Strouse produced the score and included an early version of the song that would eventually become Tomorrow in the musical Annie. It was sung by Shelley Plimpton who originated the role of Chrissy in the musical Hair. The lyrics include a reference to "the Arrow Collar Man". The production team of Executive Producer Richard Barclay, Director Robert Deubel and Gaby Monet Jacoby, would go on to collaborate on the 1972 documentary Norman Rockwell's World... An American Dream which won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject in 1973.
The film consists of excerpts from man-on-the-street interviews with older Americans, archival footage, contemporary fashion photography and concerts along with a footage of a man with long hair and a colorful shirt. These are intercut to comment on the statements of the interviewees and to make the point that perhaps their memories are not completely accurate. The generation gap may not be as big as they perceive it to be. For example a statement to the effect that there was only good clean fun in the old days is answered by footage of miserable participants in a dance marathon from the 1930s and footage of young people of the day frolicking in mud. Derogatory statements concerning wild dancing in the 1960's are followed by shots of flailing dancing from the 1920's. Statements disdaining the women's movement are answered by footage of suffragettes. The short ends on a hopeful note as a gentle senior expresses love and acceptance for the clothing and necklace made of chicken bones worn by the long haired man.
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