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Australia’s Oldest Film, Online and in the Vault

posted May 24, 2010

Late in October, 1896, Lumière cinematographer Marius Sestier took his newfangled movie camera out into central Melbourne to shoot what is now Australia’s oldest, known, surviving film, Patineur Grotesque. Performing for a gathering crowd, the bearded, cigar-puffing Humorous Rollerskater (as the film’s title has been translated) stumbles about, struggling to keep his hat on his

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The American Indian Film Gallery Retrieves Images from 20th Century Life

posted May 22, 2010

A Hollywood staple, for decades, was Indians yelping from pinto ponies, brandishing tomahawks with bloodcurdling cries, and plummeting rifle-shot from rocky outcrops.

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posted May 20, 2010

From The Washington Post: What happened to Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar? A good question, and reminds us of another Oscar associated with being first (McDaniel was the first African-American to win the statuette). Oscar Micheaux is considered the first African-American to direct a feature-length film. The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University at Bloomington is a

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival

posted May 6, 2010

From July 15-18, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs, featuring a restored print from the most intact version of F.W. Murnau’s Metropolis found to date (at the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires and now making the rounds worldwide). http://www.silentfilm.org/index.php

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From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema

posted May 6, 2010

From May 1-9, the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater presents “From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema.” Throughout May and June, the Archive, Cinecittà Luce and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles present a retrospective of Italian-based Turkish filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/calendar/calendar.aspx

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For the Love of Film Raises Funds for Preservation

posted May 4, 2010

February 14 to 21, film fans around the country took part in For the Love of Film, the film-preservation blogathon to benefit the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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Still from Rosenblatt Wedding, 1945, Chicago, Illinois. Source: Lou Rosenblatt. From the DVD Living Room Cinema: Films from Home Movie Day, Vol. 1.; image courtesy of Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day

posted May 4, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010, is this year’s “Home Movie Day” an annual event that celebrates amateur films and filmmaking. It takes place at local venues, worldwide, to encourage owners of home movies to share their footage with family members, friends, and neighbors. Events at the many local sites include instruction on how to care for home movies.

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Blood, Guts, Gore – and More

posted May 4, 2010

Film buffs who attended this year’s Medical Film Symposium, held over four days in January, may by now be able to sleep, and wake, without being haunted by the images they viewed there.

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