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.
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
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
Shakespeare and world cinema, by Mark Thornton Burnett. PR3093 .B876 2013
The feminist spectator in action : feminist criticism for the stage and screen, by Jill Dolan. Fine Arts PN1995.9.W6 D62 2013
Film and fairy tales : the birth of modern fantasy, by Kristian Moen. Fine Arts PN1995.9.F34 M64 2013
Nightmare alley : film noir and the American dream, by Mark Osteen. Fine Arts PN1995.9.F54 O88 2013
Game on, Hollywood! : essays on the intersection of video games and cinema, edited by Gretchen Papazian and Joseph Michael Sommers. E-book
Direct theory : experimental motion pictures as major genre, by Edward S. Small and Timothy W. Johnson. Fine Arts PN1995.9.E96 S62 2013
Postfeminism and contemporary Hollywood cinema, edited by Joel Gwynne. Fine Arts PN1995.9.W6 P67 2013
Bollywood : a guidebook to popular Hindi cinema, by Tejaswini Ganti. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I8 G28 2013
Fine Arts PN1995 .W345 2013
Binghamton University Cinema faculty member, Brian Wall, has authored a new book entitled Theodor Adorno and film theory: the fingerprint of spirit. Theodor Adorno was was a German sociologist, philosopher, and musicologist, with great insight into the twentieth century avant-garde movement.
As part of the Cinema department’s Visiting Artist series, Jonathan Walley will be giving lecture on Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 6. Walley is a professor of Cinema at Denison University, specializing in experimental and avant-garde film. He focuses in particular on “expanded cinema” (multi-screen works, film-based performance, film/video installation, paracinema, etc.) The Libraries own a book with contributions by Professor Walley, listed below.
Anthony McCall: the solid light films and related works, with texts by Branden W. Joseph and Jonathan Walley ; edited by Christopher Eamon. Fine Arts N6797.M335 J67 2005
Roger Ebert, famed film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, the television shows, Sneak Previews and Siskel & Ebert At the Movies, (among others), founder of the Ebertfest film festival, author of numerous books, blog writer, and co-writer of the the camp classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, died last week. Ebert had a huge impact on popular film criticism. The Libraries have many of Ebert’s works. A selection is listed below.
Life itself: a memoir, by Roger Ebert. Fine Arts PN1998.3.E327 A3 2011
Roger Ebert’s four star reviews, 1967-2007, by Roger Ebert. Special Collections Rogg Collection PN1995 .E3175 2007
Your movie sucks, by Roger Ebert. Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1995 .E319 2007
Awake in the dark: the best of Roger Ebert ; forty years of reviews, essays, and interviews, by Roger Ebert. Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1995 .E313 2006
Roger Ebert’s book of film, edited by Roger Ebert. Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1994 .R5625 1997
I hated, hated, hated this movie, by Roger Ebert. Special Collections Rogg Collection PN1995 .E317 2000
The Dardenne brothers’ (Luc & Jean-Pierre) 2011 film, Kid With a Bike will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 11, in LH-6 as part of the Harpur Cinema film series. The Friday showing will be introduced by Professor Chantal Rodais. Inspired, in part, by the famous Italian neo-realism film The Bicycle Thieves, the plot centers around a boy searching for his stolen bicycle, who longs to find the father who abandoned him. The Libraries have several works by and about the Dardenne brothers, listed below.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, by Joseph Mai. Library Annex Restricted Collection PN1998.3.D364 M35 2010
La promesse, by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Circulation Desk (VHS) PN1997 .P765 1998
De-westernizing film studies, edited by Saër Maty Bâ and Will Higbee. Fine Arts PN1995 .D494 2012
French cinema from the liberation to the New Wave, 1945-1958, by Andre ́Bazin ; translated and edited by Bert Cardullo. Fine Arts PN1993.5.F7 B3413 2012
Peckinpah today : new essays on the films of Sam Peckinpah, edited with an introduction by Michael Bliss. Fine Arts PN1998.3.P43 P46 2012
Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy : the last masterpiece, by Raymond Foery. Fine Arts PN1997.F7442 F64 2012
Glorious catastrophe : Jack Smith, performance and visual culture, by Dominic Johnson. Fine Arts PN1998.3.S586 J6 2012
Contemporary black american cinema : race, gender and sexuality at the movies, edited by Mia Mask. Fine Arts PN1995.9.N4 C59 2012
The avant-garde feature film : a critical history, by William E. B. Verrone. Fine Arts PN1995.9.E96 V48 2012
History on film/film on history, by Robert A. Rosenstone. Fine Arts Collection PN1995.2 .R667 2012
American film has a long history of portraying elections, Presidents, and politics in general. To inaugurate the final stages of this election season, here is a selected list of books from the Libraries’ holdings.
Cinema wars : Hollywood film and politics in the Bush-Cheney era by Douglas Kellner. Fine Arts PN1995.9.P6 K45 2010
Encyclopedia of politics, the media, and popular culture by Brian Cogan and Tony Kelso. Bartle P95.82.U6 C62 2009
Politics and film : the political culture of film in the United States by Daniel P. Franklin. Fine Arts PN1995.9.P6 F73 2006
Projecting politics : political messages in American film by Terry Christensen and Peter J. Haas. Fine Arts PN1995.9.P6 C47 2005
American film and politics from Reagan to Bush Jr edited by Philip John Davies and Paul Wells. Fine Arts PN1995.9.P6 A48 2002
Hollywood modernism : film and politics in the age of the New Deal by Saverio Giovacchini. Fine Arts Collection PN1993.5.U65 G552 2001
Here’s looking at you : Hollywood, film, and politics by Ernest Giglio. Fine Arts PN1995.9.P6 G56 2000
Politics and politicians in American film by Phillip L. Gianos. Fine Arts PN1995.9.P6 G53 1998