I've heard this is directed by Robert Altman but can't seem to find any info on that on the internets...can anyone confirm?
UPDATE: Bob Orlowsky of the
Scopitone Archive has the scoop (of course): "Hey Spike, I saw your
question about Altman and Bittersweet Samba. If you do a Google search
for Altman Color-Sonics Fortier, you'll find a PDF file from a college
film seminar on Altman, which has an interview with Altman that
includes a brief reference to a film that is clearly Bittersweet Samba:
While you were waiting for your break into features, you made some
comic short films, three of which you’ve occasionally allowed people to
see: The Kathryn Reed Story, a birthday present for your wife; The
Party, with Robert Fortier as a hapless guest at a very 1960s party,
one of a projected series of juke-box movies called ColorSonics; and
Pot au feu, a parody of a TV cookery programme explaining the recipe
for a perfect marijuana joint.
A: I did those just for myself.
They were unfinanced, just bringing together a few friends, borrowing a
camera, and so on. But because of one of those films I got hired to do
M*A*S*H: Ingo Preminger looked at Pot au feu and loved it, so it served
its purpose." What's A Scopitone? Watch Scopitones Scopitones On DVD