Walt Disney Before Mickey Made Him

posted May 31, 2011

In Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928 (University Press of Mississippi), Timothy S. Susanin relates the great animator and filmmaker’s life before 1928, when he released Steamboat Willie, the film that secured his reputation and was the first Disney Studio cartoon with synchronized sound, and with Mickey Mouse. Susanin, the general counsel of a

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Chasing Down the Film Noir

posted April 26, 2011

In Siren City: Sound and Source Music in Classic American Noir (Rutgers University Press), Robert Miklitsch evidences a consuming passion for the form. And he achieves marvelous results, says Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture: “Robert Miklitsch has convinced me. Sound and music in film noir are every

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Fairy Tales of the Silver Screen

posted April 22, 2011

Jack Zipes has spent decades analyzing the way the stories work, and their most effective film versions. Little research has been done on fairy-tale films; but of what there is, Jack Zipes has been responsible for a large part. Among the handful of books that have appeared on the subject is his The Enchanted Screen: The

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Dispute Continues Over Hungarian Plan to Allow Destruction of Communist-Era Archives

posted March 18, 2011

Why does the Hungarian ruling party want to allow communist-era archives to be destroyed?

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Preserving Charles Burnett

posted March 14, 2011

The films of Charles Burnett have represented black American life far from the Hollywood clichés, and the film restoration and preservation community has been eager to help spread the word.

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Kevin Brownlow’s Life in Film

posted March 7, 2011

Film preservationists and restorers often labor in obscurity, and certainly rarely win awards as prominent as the Academy Awards. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized archivist, film historian, preservationist, and film maker Kevin Brownlow for his many years of contributions.

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Cinefest: Silent Rarities Lovingly Presented

posted February 12, 2011

Fans of animation have their Comic-Con, sure, but for cineastes there are geek-chic events like Cinecon, Slapsticon, Cinesation, Cinevent, and – over four days each March in wintry Syracuse, New York – Cinefest.

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What Illness Looks Like

posted January 17, 2011

Thanks to a small band of advocates, the fields of medical and public-health history have been paying increasing attention to the visual – to the vast assortment of still and moving images that illustrate and in many cases constitute those histories. In a new book, Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (University of Minnesota

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Public Broadcasting’s Future and Its Contributions to Broadcasting’s Future

posted January 5, 2011

The new day is all digital. Motivated by that ongoing revolution, public-broadcasting planners have undertaken a broad survey of prospects and challenges.

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Storing the Story of Dom DeLuise

posted December 30, 2010

Nat Segaloff, the Los Angeles-based archivist for the Estate of Dom DeLuise, reports on the disposition of the great comedian’s collections, including the forthcoming donation of TV material to the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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