Who Is Bozo Texino? (2005)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Graphic & Applied Arts, Mythology, Social History  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Join filmmaker Bill Daniel at he investigates the lingering mythology of the American hobo and railworker graffiti artist with a film that serves as the culmination of 20 years of research into the lifestyle and tradition of these seldom-discussed figures. Assembled from hours upon hours of 16 mm and Super 8 film, Daniel's carefully crafted documentary looks back to the birth of the hobo subculture that arose following the Civil War while touching on the socioeconomic history of the lifestyle and showcasing interviews with a variety of well-known graffiti legends including The Rambler, Colossus of Roads, and, of course, Bozo Texino. Whether dealing with the colorful clich├ęs or the sometimes harsh realities of the hobo movement, this look at the century-old folkloric practice seeks to preserve a pivotal piece of American history so that future generations will know just what life on the rails was really all about.

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folklore, freight-train, graffiti, hobo, legend [famous person], railroad, roots [origins], subculture