The automat

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Hurwitz, Lisa, film director,
Levine, Michael (Documentary filmmaker), screenwriter.
Brooks, Mel, 1926- commentator,
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader, 1933-2020, interviewee.
Goode, Wilson, interviewee.
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2022].
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DVD 647.9509 Automat
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New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2022].
Physical Desc
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
738329259297, 00738329259297


General Note
The song "(The was nothing like the coffee) At the automat" written and performed by Mel Brooks.
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 2021.
General Note
Program content: ©2021.
General Note
Wide screen.
General Note
Bonus features: new audio introduction by Mel Brooks; audio commentary by director Lisa Hurwitz; extended interview with Mel Brooks; Horn and Hardart archival footage.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Philip Lucas ; editor, Michael Levine, Russell Greene ; music, Hummie Mann.
Performer, Mel Brooks; interviewees, Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wilson Goode, Elliott Gould, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Howard Schultz, Alec Shuldiner.
The Automat recounts the lost history of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, which served affordable food to millions of New Yorkers and Philadelphians for more than a century. Founded by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart in 1888, it revolutionized the nation's restaurant scene with technology that captured the public's imagination like nothing else the customer put nickels into slots, and little windows opened to reveal the customer's pick, be it a slice of pie, macaroni, and cheese, or a Salisbury steak. The chain welcomed those who had been ignored, including immigrants, the working class, Blacks, and women, all of whom were often not welcome in restaurants. Featuring interviews with Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, and Elliott Gould, The Automat illustrates how the company both served the public with great food and at the same time treated its employees with fairness and integrity.
System Details
DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation (1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9); 2.0 stereo.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
For private home use only.
English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); closed-captioned in English.
Official selection: Telluride Film Festival


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Hurwitz, L., Levine, M. (. f., Brooks, M., Ginsburg, R. B., Goode, W., Gould, E., Powell, C. L., Reiner, C., Schultz, H., Shuldiner, A. T., & Mann, H. (2022). The automat (Widescreen.). Kino Lorber.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Lisa, Hurwitz et al.. 2022. The Automat. Kino Lorber.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Lisa, Hurwitz et al.. The Automat Kino Lorber, 2022.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Hurwitz, Lisa,, et al. The Automat Widescreen., Kino Lorber, 2022.

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