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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FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus

The Libraries are running a database trial of the FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus. This film studies database was created by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF); it indexes over 500,000 articles from academic and popular film journals (1972 and onward), The database also include the International Index to TV periodicals, Treasures from the Film Archives, silent film holdings archives.and International Directory of Film/TV Documentation Collections. Trial ends November 13, 2015. As with most library database trials, FIAF can only be used on campus.

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Visiting Film and Video Artists and Speakers Series

Scott M. MacDonald will discuss his just-published book, “Binghamton Babylon, Voices from the Cinema Department, 1967-1977,” (now on order–coming soon to the Libraries) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in LH-6. He will also talk about some of the very films he saw on Saturday, April 29, 1972, at the Binghamton Cinema Department that re-set his life: Serene Velocity by Ernie Gehr, Soft Rain by Ken Jacobs, Barn Rushes by Larry Gottheim, and The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes by Stan Brakhage.


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New Cinema Books

New titles for this summer.

Dictionary of film terms : the aesthetic companion to film art, by Frank Eugene Beaver.  Bartle Library Reference PN1993.45 .B33 2015





Italian fascism’s empire cinema, by Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I88 B336 2015





Historical dictionary of African American cinemaby S. Torriano Berry and Venise T. Berry.  Bartle Library Reference  PN1995.9.N4 B433 2015




American road narratives : reimagining mobility in literature and film, by Ann Brigham.  PS169.T74 B75 2015





The comic book film adaptation : exploring modern Hollywood’s leading genre, by Liam Burke. Fine Arts PN1997.85 .B87 2015




Italian gothic horror films, 1957-1969, by Roberto Curti ; foreword by Ernesto Gastaldi. Fine Arts PN1995.9.H6 C877 2015




Superheroes on world screens, by ed. by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward.  Fine Arts  PN1995.9.S76 S87 2015




Recycled stars: female film stardom in the age of television and video, by Mary R. Desjardins. e-book




The cinema of Ang Lee: the other side of the screen, by Whitney Crothers Dilley. e-book




Tolstoy on screen,  ed. by Lorna Fitzsimmons and Michael A. Denner.  PG3415.F54 T69 2015




A history of 1970s experimental film: Britain’s decade of diversity, by Patti Gaal-Holmes. e-book




The end of cinema? : a medium in crisis in the digital age, by André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion ; translated by Timothy Barnard. Fine Arts PN1995 .G335 2015



Latin American cinema, by Stephen M. Hart. Fine Arts PN1993.5.L3 H378 2015



Cinema, slavery, and Brazilian nationalism, by Richard A. Gordon. Fine Arts  PN1995.9.S557 G68 2015




Bollywood’s India : a public fantasy, by Priya Joshi. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I8 J673 2015




A companion to contemporary documentary film, ed. by Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow. Fine Arts PN1995.9.D6 C543 2015




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The Cinema course this summer focuses on animation.  Resources on films can be searched under the title, director (as an author), the studio name (Disney, Pixar, Ghibli) or simply under the terms animation or anime. Some recent library titles on this topic are below.

The late works of Hayao Miyazaki : a critical study, 2004-2013, by  Dani Cavallaro. Fine Arts PN1998.3.M577 C385 2014




Animating film theory, edited by Karen Beckman. e-book




Anime explosion! : the what? why? & wow! of Japanese animation, by Patrick Drazen. e-book




Anime : a history, by Jonathan Clements.  Fine Arts  NC1766.J3 C55 2013




The soul of anime: collaborative creativity and Japan’s media success story, by Ian Condry. e-book




Handsome heroes & vile villains : men in Disney’s feature animation, by Amy M. Davis. Fine Arts PN1995.9.M34 D38 2013




Animated documentary, by Annabelle Honess Roe.  Fine Arts Collection Stacks – PN1995.9.D6 H63 2013




Diversity in Disney films : critical essays on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability, edited by Johnson Cheu.  Fine Arts  PN1999.W27 D58 2013

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New Cinema Reference Books

Call numbers are listed for print books.  E-book titles can be accessed via the Libraries’ catalog.

A comprehensive encyclopedia of film noir : the essential reference guide, by John Grant, Bartle Library Reference – PN1995.9.F54 G83 2013




The concise Routledge encyclopedia of the documentary film, edited by Ian Aitken, e-book




Historical dictionary of British cinema, by  Alan Burton and Steve Chibnall, Bartle Library Reference – PN1993.5.G7 B785 2013




Historical dictionary of South American cinema, by Peter H. Rist, e-book





The new biographical dictionary of film, by David Thomson,  Bartle Library Reference – PN1998.2 .T49 2014




The Routledge dictionary of Turkish cinema, by Gönül Dönmez-Colin,  Bartle Library Reference – PN1993.5.T8 D656 2014.




The Routledge encyclopedia of films,  edited by Sarah Barrow, Sabine Haenni and John White, e-book

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Kanopy Database Trial

The Libraries are running a trial for the Kanopy database, which provides access to more than 6,500 videos from major educational film producers and distributors in a wide variety of subject areas. Included are the following popular collections: Criterion Collection, Symptom Media, PBS, Green Planet Films, First Run Features, California Newsreel, BBCActive, NEVCO and German Film. Includes a wide variety of films, including such titles as Battleship Potemkin, Jules and Jim, Rashomon, and Night and Fog. The trial will end sometime in early 2015.

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