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breakaway - tony basil (short movie - 1966)

By Mike, 08/08/14

More on the background of this 1966 Short film can be viewed via the link above

Antonia Christina Basilotta — Breakaway! Cult experimental undeground short movie from psycho 60's by director Bruce Conner with nude Tony Basil footage and her northern soul hit Breakaway!

Year : 1966
Style : Northern Soul, Psychedelic, Art-House Short Movie, Uncensored Video
Quality : DVDrip
Duration : 5 min 08 sec

"We've wondered what the first music video featuring artist nudity was. As near as I can figure, this must be it.

Toni Basil is a woman of many talents. She's been an actress (including a nude turn in the classic Easy Rider), dancer, choreographer (including the Frankie & Annette beach movies and the Monkees film Head), video artist, and sometimes she sings. With the singing, she's best known for her 1982 #1 single, "Mickey".

In 1966, using her full name (Antonia Christina Basilotta) she recorded a song called "Breakaway", with underground filmmaker Bruce Conner directing a short 16mm film of it. It's been called the first music video. It would then have to be the first music video featuring full frontal nudity by the singer."



site note (Sep2015)

original clip appears to have been dropped by youtube

so have replaced with this more "official" clip which uses parts of the original clip

further site note

original clip returns


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I remember put this up on youtube a few years ago and getting a threat of legal action and a telling off from youtube :lol: i don't think she appreciated her bush being on show for all and sundry :D

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think that was the time/thread when i learnt what a merkin was   :D

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updated clip as youtube dropped original one

heres the blurb from the replacement clips entry

Published on 1 Oct 2013

Dennis Hopper has described the experience of seeing Bruce Conner's A MOVIE (1958) like lifting the veil from his eyes, an associative blur of images that would go on to influence the infamous acid trip scene in his film Easy Rider. Years later, Hopper recalls, he and Dean Stockwell held the lights for Conner as he filmed Toni Basil dancing for BREAKAWAY (1966), the short film set to her song of the same name. A rare example of a Bruce Conner musical film containing all original photography, what makes the film unquestionably Conner is his frenetic editing and the evanescence of his subject, a spirit flickering in celluloid. The flashes of figure would reappear in Conner's sculptural photograms such as "Sound of Two Hand Angel" (1974). 

Director: Chris Green. 
Producer: Matthew Shattuck. 
Executive Producer: Chris Green, Noah Khoshbin, Emma Reeves, John Toba. 
Editor: Curtis Tamm. 
Director of Photography: Curtis Tamm, Peter Kirby, Kaitlin Dixon, Kevin Southworth. 
Assistant Camera: Eugenia Barbuc, Morgan Kessler. 
Music Clearances: Colby Trane. 

Interviews: Toni Basil, Bruce Jenkins.

Film: BREAKAWAY by Bruce Conner (1966, 16mm, b&w/sound, 5 minutes) Courtesy and (c) Conner Family Trust. Pas De Trois by Dean Stockwell (1964, 16mm, b&w, 8 minutes) Courtesy of Dean Stockwell.

Audio: Dennis Hopper Recording Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Photography: (c) Conner Family Trust/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (c) Dennis Hopper, The Dennis Hopper Art Trust. (c) The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Music: "Breakaway" Written by Ed Cobb, Performed by Toni Basil, Published by Embassy Music Corporation (BMI), Courtesy of A&M Records, Under license from Universal Music Enterprises. 

Special Thanks: Conner Family Trust, MOCAtv, Emma Reeves, John Toba, Jean Conner, Michelle Silva, Toni Basil, Gerald Casale, David James, Bruce Jenkins, Michael Kohn, Todd Wiener, Terry Riley, Dean Stockwell, Robert Matheu, Hugh Brown, Mills Moran, Karl Puchlik, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA Film & Television Archive, USC School of Cinematic Arts, The Dennis Hopper Art Trust, The Getty Research Institute, Michael Kohn Gallery, Artists Rights Society, OHWOW Gallery. 

Dedicated to Bruce Conner, November 18, 1933 - July 7, 2008. 

Produced by Dissident Industries Inc. 

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all over the place here

just updated with a new clip of the original film now

so if you want to see the more official type film then hit the link under the original film

you got that yep ?


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