Archive for 2013

Rediscovering Films, The Film Foundation, and Martin Scorsese

posted April 2, 2013

“A barn. A warehouse. A closet at a mental institution. These locations have something in common: They all contained films or parts of films that were missing and presumed lost forever.” In the March/April issue of Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Marilyn Ferdinand, who blogs at Ferdy on Films (

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Martin Scorsese Delivers Jefferson Lecture – Today

posted March 31, 2013

Today, Monday April 1 2013, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese delivers this year’s National Endowment for the Humanities 2013 Jefferson Lecture. And the event will be streamed live and free of charge at 7:30pm, US East Coast time. Viewers can also join the conversation about film and the humanities via Twitter at #JeffLec2013. The Jefferson Lecture

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Video of the Day: Archive of American Television

posted March 28, 2013

In 1955, in the first on-screen appearance of his memorable career in television comedy, Andy Griffith appeared in a U.S. Steel Hour episode entitled “No Time for Sergeants,” a television version of his first stage success on Broadway, later the same year. Born Andy Samuel Griffith in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1926, the fine

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Want to Preserve and Restore Film and Other Moving Images?

posted March 27, 2013

Ever wanted to restore, preserve, or archive film and television programs, or work in some other area of preserving and restoring artifacts in all the moving-image categories including some that are being created right now? The United States has three master’s level programs in moving image archiving, while one other is at the University of

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Significant American Sound Recordings Announced

posted March 25, 2013

Late last year, The Library of Congress named its 2012 list of 25 films that would join some 350 others on the National Film Registry. Making the announcement, James M. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, said: “These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring

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Preserving Exemplary American Films

posted March 17, 2013

In a project designed to assure preservation of the highest caliber to a select group of films, 25 American films are admitted each year to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.

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Peter Greenaway: Film is Dead; Long Live Cinematic, Multimedia Art

posted March 2, 2013

Peter Greenaway asserts that cinema is dead and must be remade in forward-looking formats.

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Video of the Day: Sing and Sling

posted February 15, 2013

"The Arizona Kid" is one of scores of films freely available for viewing on the site Classic Cinema Online.

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Fit for a Restoration

posted February 2, 2013

A visit to Australia's National Film and Sound Archive serves as a reminder of what film restoration is all about.

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When Women Made the Movies

posted January 12, 2013

In "Go West, Young Women: The Rise of Early Hollywood," Hilary Hallett explains how, thanks to immigrants seeking out futures and fortunes, Los Angeles became a burgeoning film city – and, in 1920, the only western city where women outnumbered men.

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