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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New Cinema Books

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

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New Faculty Publication–Theodor Adorno and Film Theory

 Fine Arts PN1995 .W345 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.


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Jonathan Walley

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

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Roger Ebert

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


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Kid With a Bike

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


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New Cinema Books

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


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