Our Nixon is Probably Not Your Nixon

posted November 17, 2013

When it comes to the legacy of Richard M. Nixon, countless biographies and studies have set the political-science terrain. It’s a wonder that Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye have managed to find anything to add.

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Yesterday, Harvard Square; tomorrow…the World?

posted November 6, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, might not appreciate a new online video, audio, and print archive, The Zuckerberg Files.

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For Welles Fans, There’d Never Be “Too Much Johnson.” Until Now.

posted October 27, 2013

The discovery in 2008 of a lost Orson Welles silent film has been one of the finds of recent years. Little matter that the footage not only is not a finished film, not even a rough cut.

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Was Hollywood Cozy with Hitler?

posted October 24, 2013

Was Hollywood cozy with Hitler? That's the claim of a new book that has proven incendiary — and has been soundly disparaged.

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ARCHIVE IN A WALL CAVITY – the series, in one

posted October 9, 2013

When you renovate, keep your eyes open for old film. Three parts, now all in one.

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posted October 5, 2013

Part 3 (of 3) about the movies that fell out of a house wall asks: "What kind of societal self-loathing is it that moves us to assign iconic structures to the wrecking ball? Couldn't we redeploy them – preserve at least the buildings as repositories of cultural memory?"

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posted September 18, 2013

TRUTH TO TELL, the wall-stuffing’s references to still-well-known movies was less interesting than listings of movies little heard of, today, and the generally vanished theaters that screened them.

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posted September 10, 2013

Old houses’ wall cavities can be a delightful kind of moving-image archive: Older ones may well conceal wads of newspaper with captivating movie sections. Cinema enthusiasts may find reading those more compelling than grappling with jambs and architraves.

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A Most Diverting Account of the Movie Gimmick

posted August 21, 2013

On the always diverting Collectors Weekly web site, Hunter Oatman-Stanford describes movie and movie-house attention grabbing ploys that now almost define the shock-horror schlocker B Movie.

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More from Wunderkino 2013 – Hunt’n n Fish’n

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.

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