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By Mark Bell | June 17, 2008

Interesting on a purely novelty level, “Clear Glasses” explores what happens when a seemingly innocuous item is placed in a more historical context. In this case, the titular clear glasses, worn by Weatherman revolutionary Bill Ayers and later sent to director Sam Green after the release of his documentary “The Weather Underground.”

The short unfolds in a series of stop-motion animations, live-action footage and voiceover, as letters between Green and Ayers are read that explain the significance of the glasses. Not a waste of your time, it’s not quite long enough to do anything that significant to your life, but not really doing much more than making you go “well, ordinary things can become extraordinary when context changes.” But we all knew that. Didn’t we?

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