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Whither the Easter Bunny?

posted April 8, 2012

Whither all the abandoned Easter bunnies? Jack-rabbit roundup, 1934. Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies. It’s a bunny fest. Forget bunnies as pets, buy your loved ones the mp3, instead. Alice in Wonderland, with rabbit, 1903 http://youtu.be/RjzrsimNn08

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Babylon Revisited

posted March 14, 2012

Kenneth Anger’s galvanizing Hollywood Babylon, revisited, along with gossip’s role in maintaining the movies’ media and public image. In London, on March 21, Little Joe Magazine looks back, at the Cinema Museum in London.

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Have Film, Need to Preserve It?

posted March 10, 2012

You find a box of reels of film in your shed. Perhaps Grandad left it there, or Granma when his credits rolled. What do you do? First up, you can go to resources like this: It’s the Washington State Film Preservation Manual of Low-Cost & No-Cost Suggestions to Care for Your Film. No-Cost is good.

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New conference, workshop listings

posted March 4, 2012

Several new events are listed on our “workplace” page.

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Films University Students Don’t Know About

posted February 27, 2012

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Gina Barreca, a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, remarks that although an extraordinary proportion of American college students are aspiring screen writers, their film literacy is, well, limited. She lists 40 movies that few if any of her students would seem to have

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The Last Insider of Silent Hollywood

posted January 16, 2012

Naked-starlet chases, stolen story ideas and scripts, sex as humdrum as cleaning your teeth. Frederica Sagor Maas is dead at 111, but not before telling all about silent-era Hollywood. The prolific screenwriter first trained to be a doctor, and then a journalist, and after quitting Hollywood in disgust said she would have preferred to be

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The Art of the Trailer

posted January 16, 2012

The art of the trailer. NPR’s Brent Baughman reports on those ninety-nine seconds cut from four hours of unfinished movie with visible green screens and the director yelling cues from off-screen.

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The Birds in “The Birds”

posted December 30, 2011

Why did the birds in The Birds act so crazy? Well, because that suited Hitchcock’s design. But he drew inspiration from an actual ecological phenomenon and mystery that now appears to have been solved. Was it the plankton whodunnit?

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New Year: Great Time for New Work

posted December 30, 2011

New Year’s resolution: get a new job.

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Neil Brand: Composer and Musical Improviser for Silent Films

posted November 23, 2011

During 25 years of accompanying and composing for silent film and other audio-visual media, Neil Brand has become one of the finest exponents of a century-old art. A MIAN interview.

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