British Pathé Films



Film archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films comprised of newsreels and documentaries to its YouTube channel.  British Pathé, which operated from 1896 to 1976, covered newsworthy events in Britain and around the world. The newsreels cover everything from the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, to the crash of the Hindenburg, the First and Second World Wars and Beatlemania.


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Cutie and the Boxer

Harpur Cinema will be showing Cutie and the Boxer, a film by Zachary Heinzerling, on Friday, April 4, and Sunday,  April 6, 2014,  at 7:30 p.m., LH-6.  The film is a documentary on the relationship between the Japanese/New York artist Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, an artist in her own right.  The Libraries own several works on Ushio Shinohara.  They are listed below.





Shinohara pops! : the avant-garde road, Tokyo/New York, by Hiroko Ikegami, Reiko Tomii ; with contribution by Michael Lobel. Fine Arts  N7359.S55 A4 2012 (on order–in process)



Shinohara, by Rand Castile ; introduction by Yoshiaki Tōno. Fine Arts  N7359.S55 A4 1982

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Harpur Cinema to Screen The Angels’ Share


Harpur Cinema will be showing The Angels’ Share, a film by Ken Loach, on Friday, March 21, 2014 and Sunday,  March 23, 2014  at 7:30 p.m., LH-6.  British filmmaker Loach is known for his realist directing style and social commentary. The Angels’ Share, a comedy drama, centers around a young Scottish troublemaker who, after the birth of his son, is given one final opportunity to stay out of jail.  A visit to a whiskey tasting session gives him an idea on how to change his life.

The Libraries’ own numerous books and several films (DVD & VHS) by Ken Loach.  A selection is listed below.

All DVDs and VHS materials are available at the Circulation Desk in the Newcomb Reading Room


Bread and Roses, directed by Ken Loach. DVD PN1997 .B72353 2006







Ladybird, Ladybird, directed by Ken Loach, VHS PN1997 .L332 1995









Ken Loach, the politics of film and television, by John Hill,  Fine Arts PN1998.3.L6 H55 2011




Which side are you on?: Ken Loach and his films, by Anthony Hayward, Special Collections Rogg Collection PN1998.3.L6 H39 2004




The cinema of Ken Loach : art in the service of the people, by Jacob Leigh, Fine Arts PN1998.3.L6 L45 2002




Loach on Loach, edited by Graham Fulle, Fine Arts PN1998.3.L6 A3 1998

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Like Someone in Love

Harpur Cinema will be showing Like Someone in Love, a film by famed Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, this weekend.  Set in Japan, the story follows a young hooker rescued by an older man. The film will be shown on Friday, March 7 and Sunday, March 9 in Lecture Hall 6 at 7:30 p.m.  It will be introduced by Tomokari Nishikawa, assistant professor of Cinema.   The Libraries have many DVDs and films by and about Kiarostami.   Some are listed below.

All DVDs and VHS materials are available at the Circulation Desk in the Newcomb Reading Room


Close-Up, directed by Abbas Kiraostami, (DVD) PN1997 .N39 2010







Taste of Cherry, directed by Abbas Kiarostami, DVD PN1997 .T3356 1999







Wind Will Carry Us, directed by Abbas Kiarostami, VHS PN1997 .B33 2002








Out of Asia: the films of Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Abbas Kiarostami, and Zhang Yimouby Bert Cardullo, e-book




Abbas Kiarostami, by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum,  Fine Arts  PN1998.3.K58 S23 2003





Close up: Iranian cinema, past, present and futureby Hamid Dabashi, Fine Arts PN1993.5.I846 D3 2001



A social history of Iranian cinema: the globalizing era, 1984-2010, volume 4, by Hamid Naficy, e-book






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Alain Resnais, 1922-2014

Alain Resnais, famed filmmaker before, during and after the French New Wave, died this week at the age of 91.  Resnais was perhaps best known for his films Night and Fog, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Mon Oncle de Amerique, and Last Year at Marienbad.  The Libraries have a number of films by Alain Resnais on DVD and have numerous books on his work.  A selection is listed below. All DVDs can be be obtained at the Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk.


Last year at Marienbad,  DVD PN1997 .A44 1999







Night and Fog, DVD D805.G3 N84 2003







Mon oncle d’Amerique, DVD PN1997 .M647 2007







Hiroshima mon amour, DVD PN1997 .H57 2003









Black and blue : the bruising passion of Camera lucida, La Jetée, Sans soleil, and Hiroshima mon amour, by Carol Mavor, e-book




Uncovering the Holocaust : the international reception of Night and fog, edited by Ewout van der Knaap, Fine Arts PN1995.9.H53 U53 2006




Alain Resnais, by Emma Wilson,  Fine Arts PN1998.3.R48 W55 2006





Alain Resnais: une lecture topologique, by Sarah Leperchey,  Fine Arts PN1998.3.R48 L47 2000


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Reality, directed by Matteo Garrone,  part of the Spring Harpur Cinema series, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 2 in Lecture Hall 6. Garrone is perhaps best known for his gritty drama Gomorrah.  However, Reality steers away from the world of crime and focuses on Luciano, a mild-mannered Italian fish monger who desperately seeks to win a place on the reality show Big Brother.  Luciano takes a wild journey across the boundary that separates his ordinary life and the wild world of television fantasies of celebrity and the high life.  Winner of the Cannes, 2012 Grand Jury Prize. Introduction by Olivia Holmes, associate professor of English and medieval studies.  The Libraries own on DVD, Garrone’s earlier film, Gomorrah which is located at the Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk, call number PN1997.2 .G646 2009.

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New Media Artist in Residence Talk

The Cinema Department’s New Media Artist in Residence Jennifer Lauren Smith will present a talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in LH-6, featuring recent videos and performance works, and the premiere of Toyota Carova Equus Ocracoke, a spoken word film adapted from a pivotal text she wrote in 2010. The piece chronicles a young sculptor’s attempt to wrestle inspiration from the primordial and mysterious terrain of North Carolina’s storm-wracked Outer Banks. The program will also include non-narrative works developed in the artist’s native Florida and a demonstration of the ways in which Smith, who has been hard of hearing throughout her life, likens sound to sculptural forms through her work in film and performance. This event is sponsored by Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series and is free to the public.

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Silent Film Online trial

The Libraries are running a trial of the streaming film database, Silent Film Online. The database covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.  It includes the most complete, authoritative versions from leading distributors. Whether through D. W. Griffith’s pioneering use of cross-cutting in Birth of a Nation, Robert Wiene’s experimentation with unusual camera angles and complex state settings in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, or Eisenstein’s demonstration of the power of montage in his editing of the Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potemkin, these films show us the origins of the narrative language of cinema that we know today. The database can only be accessed on campus.  The trial runs through January 6, 2014.


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Mark Amerika’s Immobilite


What has been called “the world’s first feature-length mobile phone art film”, Mark Amerika’s Immobilite, will be shown on campus today.  The screening, sponsored by the Comparative Literature and Art History departments,  will take place from 4:40-7:40 p.m. in LT-150. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with the artist. Mark Amerika is a celebrated artist, writer, and media theorist.  The Libraries own one title by Mark Amerika, listed below.

  Remix the book, by Mark Amerika. PS3551.M37 R46 2011


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Stanley Kauffmann

Famed film critic Stanley Kauffmann has died at the age of 97.  Kauffmann wrote novels and was a theater reviewer, but he was most known for his work as a film critic for the New Republic, which lasted from 1958 until his death.  Roger Ebert once called Kauffmann, “the most valuable film critic in America”‘.  The Libraries have a number of works both by and about Kauffmann, a selection of which is listed below.

Film critic talks: interviews with Stanley Kauffmann, 1972-2012, by Bert Cardullo.   PS3521.A7255 Z65 2013





Conversations with Stanley Kauffmann, by Bert Cardullo.  PS3521.A7255 Z64 2003.




Regarding film : criticism and comment, by Stanley Kauffmann. Fine Arts PN1995 .K297 2001




Distinguishing features: film criticism and comment, by Stanley Kauffmann. Fine Arts  PN1995 .K295 1994

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