Archive for 2015

UCLA Inaugurates New Education Approach

posted September 30, 2015

The University of California at Los Angeles is changing the focus of its master’s-degree education in moving-image archiving, and the move signals evolution in employment opportunities for graduates. Less film theory, less confusion between cultural-studies and archival-studies components, and more attention to emerging career opportunities, underpins the new formula.

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An Odd Couple: Samuel Beckett & Buster Keaton

posted September 3, 2015

A noted film archivist's NOTFILM presents his meditation on one of the most surprising of cinema collaborations: Samuel Beckett's only film, starring Buster Keaton in an unfamiliar role.

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Black-and-White is Dead. Long Live Black-and-White

posted August 31, 2015

In "Black and White Cinema: A Short History," his lament and celebration of a great film art, Wheeler Winston Dixon also looks at what the passing of a film standard augurs for Hollywood's future.

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Redress for A Giant of Costume Design

posted August 12, 2015

In the 1950s, Hollywood gave Orry-Kelly his due: three Oscars for costume design. Now he is being belatedly recognized in his native Australia with a biographical film, a major exhibit, and publication of his rediscovered (but never quite lost) memoir.

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T-Model Hank Rides and Tucson Boys Sing

posted July 28, 2015

Thanks to a grant from the federally backed National Film Preservation Foundation, two films from Arizona are assured preservation: one about a T-Model Ford tour guide, the other about a Tucson choir for boys. They join films the NFPF supported last year, about Yaqui ceremonies and a grand church mission complex from the 18th century.

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Crumbling Movie Houses that Were Main Attractions

posted July 17, 2015

With his riveting images, photographer Matt Lambros seeks to preserve the magic, if not the bricks and mortar, of the shuttered cinema palaces of America.

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Reopening the Eyes of the Totem

posted June 30, 2015

Tacoma, a port city in the Northwest of the United States, has not been well for its contributions to movie making, but a rediscovered 1927 silent by the later maker of "The Thin Man" series and other films shows that it deserves a place.

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Keeping Frank and Caroline Mouris Animated

posted June 25, 2015

Three films that animator Frank Mouris prepared while a graduate student at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture, and that are now in the possession of Yale’s Film Study Center, have just been guaranteed preservation through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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More on Shirley Clarke’s Ornette

posted June 15, 2015

More on Shirley Clarke's hommage to the recently deceased music great, "Ornette: Portrait of America."

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Shirley Clarke’s Ornette – Redux

posted June 12, 2015

Sage counsel for anyone who wants to remember the sadly now-late giant of American music, Ornette Coleman, who died yesterday.

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