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Prelinger Archives: Design for Dreaming (1956) [electronic resource]

Prelinger Archives
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This Prelinger Archives film was produced to bring the 1956 General Motors "Motorama" show to audiences unable to see it in major cities. The film introduces the new 1956 cars, Frigidaire's "Kitchen of Tomorrow," and the electronic highways of the future. GM's "dream cars" of the 1950s, including the Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and the turbine-powered Pontiac Firebird II, are also displayed. In glittering Hollywood style, the film depicts a sleeping beauty who dreams of a magical figure handing her an invitation to the Motorama at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. She flies through the nighttime sky to the hotel, where she sees the milling crowds and marvels at the new cars. Suddenly, an apron appears around her waist and she is carried into the "Kitchen of Tomorrow." More adventures occur in a futuristic urban landscape that links romance with technology.
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Run Time
9 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Design for Dreaming (1956)
Design for Dreaming (1956) (9:00)
MPO Productions, for General Motors.
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1956.
Publisher no.
41785 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (9 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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