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Is What’s Mine Also Yours?

posted June 4, 2013

Is what’s mine also yours? When it comes to using film and tv clips, shouldn’t the answer be: Uh, no…?

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Surprises Down Nightmare Alley

posted May 27, 2013

Sure, the film noir features wise-cracking detectives and alluring femmes fatales. It even extols these characteristics as enviable personality traits. But is that the real point of the genre? A recent book interrogates a suspect notion.

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TV News Junkies, Rejoice

posted May 23, 2013

The Internet Archive, the huge array of public, online, digital libraries, is to post hundreds of thousands of U.S. television news programs, aided by a $1-million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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New Books on Moving Image Archiving, and Moving Images

posted May 22, 2013

Our book pages are constantly updated. We provide summaries of books, based on our own reading and also publisher's blurbs. And, we ask authors of books that likely involved searching for material in archives, and invite them to comment on their search experiences, and the state of archives relating to their work.

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The Archival Successes and Tribulations of Three Authors

posted May 20, 2013

Exploring archives and other sources of research material can be a pleasure, or a mighty challenge. Three authors of recent books describe the range of experiences they had as they prepared their books, published over the last few months.

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Amateur Newsreel Footage Brings It Home

posted April 22, 2013

There's nothing quite like the joy of viewing recently rediscovered and beautifully preserved footage of local life.

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Video of the Day: Films from the Home Front

posted April 18, 2013

With an image of a nurse caring for a man swaddled in bandages, voiceover says: “These boys must live for a long time among us, sometimes for years.” The patient is a soldier. After initial stabilization, the voice-over relates, “one of the wounded, a flier pulled from a crashed fighter plane, moves into a general

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Scorsese Uses Jefferson Lecture to Plead for Archiving

posted April 17, 2013

When it comes to saving the world's cinema legacy, an apocalypse is near, Martin Scorsese argues in his 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

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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 (www.ferdyonfilms.com)

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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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