posted August 19, 2013
Some of the earliest films were of a combative nature – there were boxing films, train-robbery films, and – as one of the most accomplished of early-film historians, Paul Spehr, described at this year’s Wunderkino, a gathering run by Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport, Maine – films pitched at hunters and fishermen.
posted August 18, 2013
Oliver Gaycken discusses a genre of film you may not have known existed: Depictions of the latest in forestry science that government agencies and lumber companies made in the mid-20th century.
posted July 22, 2013
Stand before a derelict entertainment facility, and it’s not difficult to hear peels of laughter, gasps of thrill or horror, applause. Those are hardly joyful sounds, however, if they merely reverberate eerily through a crumbling, empty hall. Such a cheerless edifice stands in shambles in Pembroke, a town on the small island nation of Malta.
posted July 18, 2013
Gonzaga University, Crosby’s early stomping ground, is where you can find his boyhood home, and much memorabilia By Peter Monaghan Spokane, Washington – Spokane is not the kind of location you might expect would give rise to one of the most acclaimed careers in 20th-century entertainment – most big-city Americans would consider it to
posted July 11, 2013
In his new book, "Streaming: Movies, Media, And Instant Access," Wheeler Winston Dixon describes how digital platforms – laptops, smartphones, television monitors – have become receptors of streaming digital feeds, and asks what it all means for viewing, media consumption, and even various forms of social interaction. He says: "I was once convinced that I would never say this, but I now prefer a digital image rather than a filmic one. ... But one central question that supersedes all other concerns: is the film worth watching? ... It doesn't matter whether it's film or digital if it's utterly meretricious."
posted July 5, 2013
Film and other media, suggests Steve F. Anderson, can create versions of historical accounts that take root in popular consciousness, and come to be THE historical accounts.
posted June 17, 2013
The Reel Thing is the real thing, when it comes to symposiums on technical issues relating to moving-image archiving.
posted June 14, 2013
It's almost time to go to Bucksport, Maine, for the annual "Wunderkino," a much-admired, multi-disciplinary gathering of devotees of moving-image history, theory, and preservation.
posted June 9, 2013
In its just-released second edition, John DiLeo's "And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies: 200 Quizzes For Golden Age Movie Lovers" remains a challenge for any devotee of American film
posted June 4, 2013
More on the thorny issue of copyright as it affects moving-image products.