Archive • October 2011

Archival Film of the Day: Sorley Maclean’s Island

posted October 29, 2011

Sorley Maclean’s Island (1974) Source: Scottish Screen Archive Duration: 4’19” (excerpt) In an excerpt from a 22-minute film, the poet Sorley Maclean (1911-1966), the “father of the Scottish Gaelic renaissance,” recites two poems (in Gaelic) at a ceilidh, followed by scenes of his native island of Raasay, where Scottish Gaelic was the first language, during

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Archival Film of the Day

posted October 28, 2011

Prices Unlimited (1944) Director: Erle C. Kenton Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive Collection: War Film Collection Duration: 10’30” In a narrative short produced by Universal Pictures for the U.S. Office of Price Administration and the U.S. Government Office of War Information, it’s evening of another WWII day. As Gracie

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Imagine the Archives!

posted October 28, 2011

Forget The Truman Show – on madman Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s filmset-panopticon, everyone is transformed into a Soviet citizen of 1952 (Olya, Stalin-era cafeteria worker, left) as civilians act out his fantasy of lust amid mundane totalitarianism, where everyone snitches and the cameras never stop rolling… Imagine the archive!

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Archival Video of the Day

posted October 28, 2011

Source: Texas Archive of the Moving Image Donor: Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center Filmed in Hays County and San Marcos, c. 1950. Duration: 18’10” The Texas Department of Public Safety knows how to nail its man. 12 key moments, insights, questions, and concerns: i) Shouldn’t they bag that hammer? ii)

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John Carpenter’s First Student Film and 27 Other Projects Win Preservation Awards

posted October 26, 2011

Thanks to the National Film Preservation Foundation – which, by the way, is we, the people – you'll soon be able to see 28 films that have been missing from action.

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Film: Why Settle for Less?

posted October 12, 2011

Motion picture film is currently being replaced in theatrical exhibition with digital video. Yet, writes Brian Guckian, motion picture film and motion picture film projection have unique physical characteristics that are difficult to emulate by electronic means.

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Seven Wonders of Motion Picture Film

posted October 12, 2011

Motion picture film is currently being replaced in theatrical exhibition with digital video. Yet, writes Brian Guckian, motion picture film and motion picture film projection have unique physical characteristics that are difficult to emulate by electronic means.

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New Light Cast on The White Shadow

posted October 11, 2011

"The White Shadow" went missing from screens in the mid-1920s, but now it's back – at least, half of it is. A restoration of the early feature, one of the first film projects featuring Alfred Hitchcock, was a highlight of the just-completed 2011 Pordenone Silent Film Festival. Caylin Smith reports.

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Archivist Guilty of Stealing and Selling National Sound Treasures

posted October 5, 2011

A former long-time United States National Archives audiovisual archivist has admitted in federal court that he stole almost 1,000 sound recordings from the Archives and sold some of them on the online auction site, eBay, in September and October, 2010.

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