Cinema Department’s “Take the Tower” Production

As mentioned in Dateline, the Cinema Department will once again “Take the Tower” in an end-of-semester celebration of light, shadows and time at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 on the Glenn G. Bartle Library Tower. The large-scale projection will be a new one this spring, will reflecting the collaborative efforts of two classes – Cine 360: Expanded Cinema and Theater 389F Dance/Cinema Collaboration.

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Ken Jacobs–Blankets for Indians

As noted in Dateline, Ken Jacobs, distinguished professor emeritus and co-founder with Larry Gottheim of the Cinema Department, returns with extraordinary work – Blankets for Indians, presented in 3D – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in LH-6.

Blankets for Indians blends a stereoscopic study of water spurting from New York’s City Hall fountain with an intimately detailed portrait of an Occupy Wall Street march. The unexpected connection gives the film new life, seamlessly moving between sensual observation and political commentary, reflection and abstraction. Using freeze-frames, text and 3D manipulation, Jacobs questions the contemporary conditions of sociopolitical struggle, its relation to aesthetics and the labor necessary to produce both.

Jacobs has been a major figure in the New York avant garde since the ’60s as well as the object of many retrospectives at major museums. Honors include the Maya Deren Award of The American Film Institute, the Berlin’s DAAD award, the Guggenheim Award and a special Rockefeller Foundation grant.

For more information, call 607-777-4998.

Co-sponsored by the Cinema Department, Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series and the Broome County Arts Council. Made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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Harpur Cinema–Bellissima

As noted in Dateline, Harpur Cinema presents ‘Bellissima’ (1952) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in LH-6. Anna Magnani portrays Maddalena, a poor woman, frustrated by her own limited circumstances and devalued life, who chases the dream of a glamorous film career for her “bellissima,” her most beautiful daughter. The drama is captured by Visconti with the same sensitivity to the yearnings of ordinary people with extraordinary dreams that won him international acclaim. Magnani won the Silver Ribbon, Italian Journalists, 1952

The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

The Libraries have many works both by and about director Luchino Visconti.  A  short selection is listed below.


Visconti : insights into flesh and blood, by Alexander García Düttmann ; trans. by Robert Savage  Fine Arts PN1998.3.V57 G3713 2009




Luchino Visconti by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Fine Arts PN1998.A3 V5855 2003




Visconti : explorations of beauty and decay by Henry Bacon,  Fine Arts PN1998.3.V57 B34 1998




Luchino Visconti by Claretta Micheletti Tonetti, Fine Arts PN1998.3.V57 T66 1997




Films All DVD’s can be found at the Newcomb Reading Room Reserves Desk. Additional Visconti titles are available in the Kanopy database.

Le notti bianche = White nights, Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Reader Services Desk (DVD) – PN1997 .N6788 2005






Death in Venice Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Reader Services Desk (DVD) – PN1997 .D375 2004




Ossessione, Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Reader Services Desk (DVD) – PN1997 .O6773 2002


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An Encounter with Simone Weil Presentation Monday

As noted in today’s Dateline: Filmmaker Julia Haslett, professor of media production at the University of North Carolina, accompanied by Assistant Professor of Music Daniel Thomas Davis, will present a film screening and discussion of An Encounter with Simone Weil at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in LH-B39.

Haslett makes expressionistic documentary films on historical and contemporary subjects. Her work has shown at festivals, theaters, and on broadcast television around the world. Her most recent feature-length project, An Encounter with Simone Weil – which was scored by Davis– is a personal essay film inspired by the French thinker, activist and mystic, Simone Weil. It premiered at IDFA (Amsterdam), won Michael Moore’s Special Founder’s Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival, and was a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick during its U.S. theatrical run. Following the screening, Haslett and Davis will discuss their collaborative approach to image and sound. Co-presented by the Department of Cinema and Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.

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Visiting Film and Video Artists and Speaker Series

As noted in Dateline, Moving the Sleeping Images of Things Towards the Light: Films by Artist in Residence Daïchi Saïto will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in LH-6. The films of Saïto explore the relationship between the corporeal phenomena of vision and the material nature of the medium, fusing a formal investigation of frame and juxtaposition with sensual and poetic expressions. This program of many 16 mm films, except where indicated, will include: Chiasmus (2003), Chasmic Dance (2004), Blind Alley Augury (2006), All That Rises (2007), Green Fuse (2008), Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (35mm, 2009) Field of View #1 (super-8, 2009), Never a Foot Too Far, Even (double-projection 16mm, 2012), Engram of Returning (35mm Scope, 2015). Saïto was ranked third among the “25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century” in Film Comment’s Avant-Garde Poll.  Sponsored by the Cinema Department.

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Harpur Cinema–The Crowd

This week’s Harpur Cinema offering is The Crowd, directed by King Vidor, to be shown on November 13th at 7:30 in Lecture Hall 6.  King Vidor’s American masterpiece The Crowd will be accompanied by Dr. Philip Carli, internationally recognized artist, conductor, composer, musicologist and professor of music. Dr. Carli will speak about the issues and challenges raised in composing a score for silent films before he performs his original setting of The Crowd.

Harpur Film Society’s original programs included a number of silent films including Buster Keaton’s The Navigator, René Clair’s The Italian Straw Hat, and D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation.

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Harpur Cinema–Clouds of Sils Maria

This week’s Harpur Cinema title is Clouds of Sils Maria, by Olivier Assayas.  It will be shown in Lecture Hall 6 on Friday and Sunday nights at 7:30. Blurring the lines between “lines and life” and identities between actress and role, lover and beloved, Olivier Assayas begins by bewildering the viewer and winds up producing a bewitching amalgam of “female-driven films about identities in flux: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive all come to mind.  Yet the interplay among Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe-Grace Moritz is fresh and invigorating, not the least of which because Assayas keeps us on our toes with his abrupt shifts in place, space and time.  Kristen Stewart has left Twilight far behind her in this ascent up the alpine slopes into the magical atmosphere of Sils Maria.  Awards: Won, César (Best Supporting Actress-Kristen Stewart), Prix Louis Delluc (Best Film); Nominated: Palme d’Or (Cannes)

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Visiting Film and Video Artists and Speakers Series

As mentioned on Dateline: “A Mirror Avant-Garde: Women’s Experimental and Documentary Filmmaking” is the title of the next presentation in this series, continuing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in LH-6. Each of these seven films by women filmmakers, curated and presented by film scholar Tess Takahasi, scholar in residence at the Filmmaker’s Cooperative in New York, was chosen from the co-op’s collection and deserves to be considered in relation to the canon of avant-garde film and the tradition of documentary production. An important thematic thread running through this program is artists’ incorporation of various kinds of mirrors, both material and metaphoric. These films also explore questions of voice in populations that have been marginal, including those of children, sex workers and transgendered individuals. Films to be screened: Baby Doll (Tessa Hughes-Freeland, 1982), Mutiny (Abby Child, 1982), Noyes (Bette Gordon, 1976), Abstraction (Rosalind Schneider, 1971), All Women Are Equal (Marguerite Paris, 1972), The Scary Movie (Peggy Ahwesh, 1996), What is a man? (Sara-Kathryn Arledge, 1958). All are 16 mm films.

Takahashi is an independent, Toronto-based scholar who writes on experimental media, documentary film and art installation. She is working on a book titled Impure Film: Medium Specificity and the North American Avant-Garde (1968-2008). Her work has been published in journals like Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, Millennium Film Journal, Animation, and MIRAGE.

Sponsored by Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series.

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New Film Database–FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus

FIAF... which was on trial earlier this month has been added to the Libraries’ collection of databases.  FIAF is the only library database which is devoted entirely to film and film criticism.  Many articles are full-text and there is good coverage of non-English language journals.  It indexes over 500,000 articles from academic and popular film journals, going back to 1972. It also includes the International Index to TV Periodicals, Treasures from the Film Archives, (silent film holdings archives), a variety of film reference works and the International Directory of Film/TV Documentation Collections.

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Harpur Cinema–Gueros by Alonso Ruizpalacios

The film Gueros will be shown in on October 23 and 25th at 7:30 in the Lecture Hall. As, the Harpur Cinema page notes, Mexico First time director, Ruizpalacios, fondly references the Nouvelle Vague style of the 1960′s  in this black and white film with its  “sudden cuts, fleet, ground-level camera work, abrupt changes in tone, and boxy aspect ratio.”  Güeros  follows the journey of young Tomás to Mexico City to stay with his brother.  The adventures that follow result a film that “pops and swerves” with “images by turns comical, banal and ravishing…You come away with a buzz that’s invigorating.”

The Libraries have quite a few books on Mexican cinema.  Some recent titles are listed below.

Mexican screen fiction: between cinema and television, by Paul Julian Smith. Fine Arts – PN1993.5.M4 S65 2014.




The three amigos : the transnational filmmaking of Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón, by Deborah Shaw. Fine Arts – PN1993.5.M4 S53 2013




The transnational fantasies of Guillermo del Toro , ed. by Ann Davies, Deborah Shaw, and Dolores Tierney. Fine Arts – PN1998.3.T583 T83 2014




Revolution and rebellion in Mexican film, by Niamh Thornton.  Fine Arts Collection – PN1993.5.M4 T46 2013




Mexican cinema : reflections of a society, 1896-2004, by Carl J. Mora.  Fine Arts– PN1993.5.M4 M6 2005

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