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Love It/Leave It

Tom Palazzolo's 1973 short satirizing kneejerk patriotism is a choice example of good old Chicago lefty troublemaking. Palazzolo, who graduated from the School of the Art Institute, opens with footage from a nudists' parade at the annual Naked City festival in Roseland, Indiana: as martial music plays on the soundtrack, women wearing only heels and carrying helium balloons strut around a fairground and clothed male photographers angle for position. A nude old woman rocks gently in a tree swing, and Palazzolo cuts to a close-up of an alarmed squirrel darting out of frame. (You have to admire an experimental artist who isn't ashamed of an animal-reaction shot.) The men get their nude parade too, complete with an insert of a corkscrew drill spinning into the ground. Continue reading>>

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