Karamoon was quickly able to put the clues together to identify The Yesterday Machine as the mystery movie. Unfortunately, I still have a few animated GIFs that I’d been intending to roll out in the coming days to try to build excitement for this contest.
Instead, we’ll stick a fork in this thing and call it done with glimpse of the Nazi scientist who created the time machine. Here he’s lecturing to the man in the dark suit about the fundamental principles of time and space in a nearly credible Yiddish accent.
To me it is amazing that such bizarre cultural artifacts as a forgettable B-grade science fiction film from a generation or two ago are able to remain forever available through the Internet Archive. This potential role of such an archive was eluded to by Brewster Kahle in his 1996 Scientific American article and was noted and annotated by Bruce Sterling a year later in the Dead Media Project.
The Yesterday Machine, indeed.