Stumbling through the Internet Archive

Stumbling through the Internet Archive

Stumbling through the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a great resource. The site is non-profit organization committed to collecting and sharing everything, which includes some of the more bizarre things you will find on the Internet that doesn’t involve “no-no parts” of human anatomy. The archive includes collections of moving images, texts, archived webpages and even software. Unfortunately, the archive doesn’t include images, but the 638,000 movies help soften the blow.

I was digging through these movies where I found a strange movie from the 1940’s about Soviet scientists: Experiments in the Revival of Organisms. I have mixed feelings about sharing this video because it has the same potential for beingĀ fascinatingĀ as it does for being upsetting. So I want to issue a fair warning: even though much of the video is fake, there are parts that may be upsetting to sensitive readers (fake animal testing, fake dismembered dog’s head, fake organs and otherstuff) so watch it knowing that the video is propaganda and fictitious to the point of being absurd.

Still, I couldn’t find much information about who made the video and why (some commenters on the IA website suggest that it was shot outside of LA and used as propaganda to make America’s political adversaries look creepy). It’s the video as an artifact that is more interesting than the specific claims made within the short documentary. The Internet Archive exists to share artifacts like this one: it’s curious and complicated like many things from our past.

Alex Dent

April 19, 2012 / By

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