Re: History of film

Oksana Dykyj (oksana@vax2.concordia.ca)
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 10:34:29 -0800 (PST)

Sally,

I'm not entirely clear about the context of your research but in terms of
early motion picture development there are two contemporary series that
stand out: Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's thirteen-part HOLLYWOOD: A
CELEBRATION OF THE AMERICAN SILENT FILM which deals with both the
sociological and technological impact as well as their inter-relationship.
A more recent series dealing with European film history, is Brownlow and
Gill's THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD.

Anthony Slide is a very respected film historian whose publications are not
only prolific but important. Slide has also been involved in oral and
visual histories by interviewing the film pioneers. Some of those
interviews have been compiled and are being distributed. One that I can
recommend is THE SILENT FEMINISTS: AMERICA'S FIRST WOMEN DIRECTORS (I
believe Direct Cinema is the distributor).

Then there is the more primary material: documentaries about the film
industry that were produced by the industry. Studios like Warner Bros. and
20th Century Fox made shorts that are still found in some institutional
collections such as THE SCREEN DIRECTOR (1951) or ART DIRECTOR: BEHIND THE
SCREEN (1950). Alternately, the associations, such as Society of American
Cinematographers, produced films about themselves like their 1949 THE
CINEMATOGRAPHER. Finally, the film equipment and stock manufacturers
exhibited their own promotional materials. Take a look at the George
Eastman House website http://www.eastman.org/menu.html, I would think that
they would have alot of that material in Rochester.

Let me know if I'm on the right track, and I can point other materials out
for you.

Oksana
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