Published December 1, 2016
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Tags: archives, film, video
British Pathé was the source for filmed world news, entertainment, and general oddities and information, from the beginning of the 20th century for the next 50 years. Their ‘cinema newsreels’ were shown before the feature in movie theaters in Britain as well as many other parts of the world, and the little rooster logo was iconic. There are now 85,000 historical newsreel clips on every imaginable topic at their site. [Right: screenshot of fascinating (really!) film about wallpaper manufacturing.]
They are free to view online, and can be downloaded with a registration. (Read more about use licensing and restrictions here. )
Published October 13, 2014
Art and Craft is a documentary about prolific art forger Mark Landis, an odd duck in the world of forgery as he is not in it for the money.
The film screens on Wed., Oct. 15 only, at 5:00 and 7:30pm at the Plaza de Oro cinema (map). Read about the film here, and the NY Times review here.
Published February 20, 2014
Tim’s Vermeer recently played in Santa Barbara at the film festival. It’s a documentary about Tim Jenison, a Texas optics engineer who long wondered how Vermeer managed to achieve such a “photographic” and light-infused effect in his paintings. He develops an interesting theory, and sets about recreating The Music Lesson using a method he thinks Vermeer might have used – something that goes beyond the camera obscura theory. He approaches the question with the mind of a scientist, which might rattle a few art historians, but is very careful to research all aspects for his experiment, including calculating the dimensions of the room from The Music Lesson and rebuilding it.
It is not yet playing in Santa Barbara, but keep your eye open for it. You can view a trailer here, as well as read more about the film and Tim Jenison.
The Architecture & Design Film Festival, the “nation’s largest film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design,” is coming to Los Angeles for the first time in its five-year history. ADFF Los Angeles will be held at the downtown Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, and will showcase more than 30 films, panel discussions, book signings and Q&A’s with design leaders and film makers from around the world. The list of speakers and tickets will be available in February, so check back soon.
Published August 22, 2013
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Tags: film, fun
Whether you’re doing research on the history of the film industry, or you just want to spend a few hours in a bygone era of film, the Media History Project’s Digital Library is your site. Included are fan magazines, cinema history periodicals, technical journals, and more. They recently made available extensive runs of Film Daily (1918-1948), Photoplay (1914-1943), Variety (1905-1926) and much more. The material is accessible via The Lantern, and can be read online or downloaded as full volumes (FAQ here). The Media History Project’s mission is to digitize classic media periodicals from the public domain and share them online. We salute that mission!
Professor Barbara Flueckiger, Institute of Cinema Studies, University of Zurich, has created a database that traces the development of photographic and cinematic use of color. The database, based on her project Film History Re-mastered, provides descriptions, bibliographies and/or illustrations for each chromatic technology (choose “Show detailed information →” to access detail pages). It is worth noting that these pages are updated on a regular basis — so check back often.
For more information on the project itself, see the article Analysis of Film Colors in a Digital Humanities Perspective.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s digital collection — so far, that’s 217,630 records — is available to search online. There are some useful searching tips on the online collection homepage or try browsing within the three set “facets”: record type (e.g., oral history, photograph, document), language, or special collection. Other special features include links to over 3,800 streamable oral history testimonies (roughly 7,600 total hours), downloadable finding aids to over 8,200 archival collections, and over 4,500 films. There is also a link at the bottom of every record, should you need it, to ask a reference question. For more information on searching the collections, click here.