Imagining America is a 1989 anthology film consisting of four shorts
with the central theme being life in the United States. It was
originally broadcast on the
PBS television series American
Imagining America is an anthology of four short films by different
directors. Ralph Bakshi's This Ain't Bebop is about a man's odyssey
through surreal downtown Los Angeles as he tries to find the life he
once had. Ed Lachman's Get Your Kicks on Route 66 tells the story of
America's famous highway. Tribe by
Matt Mahurin examines myths in
American society. Reflections of a Native Son by
Mustapha Khan is a
stylized portrait of the
South Bronx district of New York City.
The original TV series "American Playhouse" is produced by John H.
Williams, and it is from this series the four pieces to this anthology
comes. Together they give a personal view of America. Only one of the
four, Ralph Bakshi's "This Ain't Bebop," is a narrative, while two
others are documentaries: Ed Lachman's "Get Your Kicks on Route 66,"
all about the great American '50s highway, and Mustapha Khan's
"Reflections of a Native Son," a vivid look at the teenage subculture
of South Bronx. The fourth piece is Matt Mahurin's "Tribe," is a cross
between impressionist documentary, music video and live-action
^ "Imagining America". The New York Times.
^ Louise Sweeney (1989-06-06). "From Four Filmmakers, Quick Takes of
America". The Christian Science Monitor.
^ a b Michael Wilmington (1989-06-07). "'Imagining America': Four
Riffs on a Common Theme". The Los Angeles Times.
^ Kogan, Rick (June 7, 1989). "Of Thee They Sing`Imagining America` Is
A Visual Tribute In 4 `Voices`". Chicago Tribune.
^ J. O'Connor, John (June 7, 1989). "Review/Television; 4 Perspectives
on America as Myth". The New York Times.
Imagining America on IMDb
This Ain't Bebop at YouTube
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