The Wonder-Room of Cinema

The annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, in Bucksport, Maine (July 28-30 2011) is on the theme of Das Wunderkino: A Cinematic Cabinet of Curiosities. Presenters will bring together a collections of amateur films, a sort of cinematic Wunderkammer, or wonder-room. Plus, MIAN reflects on the history of that curious form of display of collections, a precursor of the modern museum that also informed cinema’s fascination with “the gaze.”

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