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Lan P. Duong on Vietnamese Cinema Archives

posted July 16, 2012

In the Feature Articles pages, there’s a new item by Lan P. Duong, the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism, issued in April by Temple University Press, about the challenges and pleasures of doing research about the history of Vietnamese cinema.

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New from the BFI

posted July 2, 2012

At the BFI National Archive, a routine search for footage has uncovered an all-but-forgotten 1924 film that featured two of Britain’s most famous Olympic athletes, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, whose lives served as the basis of the Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.

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J-Film Goes Global

posted June 18, 2012

Anime, J-horror, and Japanese personal documentary and "ethnic cinema" have gone global, and that's in good part due to the advent of digital technology.

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New Books, and More New Books

posted May 22, 2012

New books related to film and other moving-image formats continue to appear at a dizzying rate. On our book pages you can read all about them, and in some cases read about authors’ experiences in searching archives for research material, on film or other media. And, descriptions of many more are coming soon.

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Whither the Easter Bunny?

posted April 8, 2012

Whither all the abandoned Easter bunnies? Jack-rabbit roundup, 1934. Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies. It’s a bunny fest. Forget bunnies as pets, buy your loved ones the mp3, instead. Alice in Wonderland, with rabbit, 1903 http://youtu.be/RjzrsimNn08

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Babylon Revisited

posted March 14, 2012

Kenneth Anger’s galvanizing Hollywood Babylon, revisited, along with gossip’s role in maintaining the movies’ media and public image. In London, on March 21, Little Joe Magazine looks back, at the Cinema Museum in London.

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Have Film, Need to Preserve It?

posted March 10, 2012

You find a box of reels of film in your shed. Perhaps Grandad left it there, or Granma when his credits rolled. What do you do? First up, you can go to resources like this: It’s the Washington State Film Preservation Manual of Low-Cost & No-Cost Suggestions to Care for Your Film. No-Cost is good.

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New conference, workshop listings

posted March 4, 2012

Several new events are listed on our “workplace” page.

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Films University Students Don’t Know About

posted February 27, 2012

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Gina Barreca, a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, remarks that although an extraordinary proportion of American college students are aspiring screen writers, their film literacy is, well, limited. She lists 40 movies that few if any of her students would seem to have

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The Last Insider of Silent Hollywood

posted January 16, 2012

Naked-starlet chases, stolen story ideas and scripts, sex as humdrum as cleaning your teeth. Frederica Sagor Maas is dead at 111, but not before telling all about silent-era Hollywood. The prolific screenwriter first trained to be a doctor, and then a journalist, and after quitting Hollywood in disgust said she would have preferred to be

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