‘Police Academy’ meets the Museum of Jurassic Technology

Police Adademy might not have been the best Hollywood movie of 1984: Ghostbusters, The Terminator, even Beverly Hills Cop were much better films. But Michael Winslow’s performance as police cadet Larvell “Motor Mouth” Jones still brings back some very fond memories.

A few years ago, Winslow starred in his own film—one that was decidedly weirder, but also wittier, than all those Police Academy sequels. We’ve only just run across it, and (just as we did way back in 1984) fell instantly in love. Directed by Ignacio Uriarte, The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow is a 21-minute performance that features Winslow’s audio impersonations of 32 typewriters. The film is as funny as we hoped it would be. But as you’ll see, it’s also an unexpectedly musical, and oddly moving, history lesson.

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