Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time. The database features printed ephemera, programmes, sheet music, cigarette cards, postcards, games, toys and other merchandise from the pre- and early-cinematic years. The printed books in this collection range from technical magic lantern manuals to children's shadow play whilst the periodicals range from the scientific to early celebrity gossip. Moving Pictures has been digitized in colour and is entirely full-text searchable.
- Early visual entertainment such as shadow play, optical illusions, metamorphic pictures and protean views.
- Panoramas and dioramas
- Optical or philosophical toys
- Magic lanterns and image projection
- Pioneers of cinema: Thomas Alva Edison, the Lumière Brothers, Eadweard Muybridge
- Early inventions such as the cinematograph, phonograph, and zoopraxiscope
- Emerging film industry
- The first film stars
- Original film footage from 1894-1926
The database also features a virtual exhibition entitled Optical Delights which showcases a selection of the most interesting optical entertainment artifacts and even some video clips of the devices in action!
This material is sourced from the Bill Douglas Centre; a unique treasure trove of pre- and early -cinematic memorabilia based at Exeter University, and the BFI National Archive.
Classic and little-known films from the silent era, the 1890s to 1930s. Feature films, shorts and serials are represented. Includes classics such as "Birth of a Nation", "Intolerance", "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and Battleship Potemkin". Included are films distributed by British Film Institute National Archive, Cineteca Bologna and Lobster Films in Paris.
When complete, Silent Film Online will include films distributed by Flicker Alley, including several early films by Charlie Chaplin, Lumiere, Mendel, Cecil B. DeMille and Abel Gance.
The collection includes approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens. There are also some 50 award winning short films. Includes documentaries, comedies and dramas.
All films were presented at major film festivals, Collectively the films in the database have won more than 1,000 awards.
Film clips and playlists can be created, saved and shared with others. Videos can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, available for 48 hours.
The March of Time first aired in March 1931 as a CBS radio series, in which the news of the day was dramatized using professional actors. In 1935 it was adapted for motion picture production and through its final airing in 1951 was one of the most notable newsreel and television series of the early 20th Century. A cross between confrontational journalism and docudrama, The March of Time series was provocative, amusing and sometimes outrageous. The 1938 release of "Inside Nazi Germany" was one of the most controversial films ever shown in American theaters.
The most unusual feature of the films was the re-creation or staging of events that had taken place, but had not been photographed by newsreel cameras. The producers argued that they had the same right to clarify news events with staged scenes as a re-write man on a newspaper had with words to make sense out of a reporter's notes. They used professional and amateur actors to impersonate famous people on the screen and then blended the staged scenes with newsreel footage.
The films were digitally re-mastered by HBO Archives.
The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film provides a chronological portrait of American film history from its origins to the present day. Taken as a whole, the essays in this collection represent a comprehensive and nuanced overview of American film history from the intersecting perspectives of industry, audiences, aesthetics, culture, politics, issues, and ideology.
Comprising over 90 essays and richly illustrated with over 200 images, this ambitious new collection includes:
* Discussions of the industrial and institutional components of film history, including multiple modes of production, distribution, and marketing
* Investigations into the political, social, and economic factors that informed industry change and framed the reception of films
* Engaging close readings and in-depth analysis of canonical and non-canonical films
* Profiles of essential industry figures - major directors, stars, and producers - along with important figures outside the industrial mainstream
* An exploration of the history of film criticism and culture, and central issues in American film historiography
* An authoritative collection of fresh investigations available in one state-of-the-art resource
Complete runs of major trade and consumer magazines, from their inception to 2000. Ideal for scholars studying:
- The economics of the entertainment industry
- Production, marketing and reception of films or music albums
- Factors surrounding the emergence of subcultures such as punk, two-tone or grunge
- Culture, politics and social change in dynamic eras such as the 1960s
Each magazine can be browsed cover-to-cover in full-page, full-text format. Users are able to search for original reviews, interviews, industry news, listings, charts and features relating to the full range of popular media using advanced search and retrieval functionality.
- Includes key trade and mass-market consumer magazines – weekly and monthly issues
- Approximately 2.5 million pages digitized in high resolution color and fully searchable
- Complete backfiles support analysis of trends in popular culture across the entire 20th century
- Covers the entire entertainment industry, including film, television, popular music, radio, theatre, and performing arts, with a focus on the US and the UK
- Cross-searchable with historical databases on the all-new ProQuest platform
- American Film (1975-1992)
- Back Stage (1960-2000)
- Beat, The (1982-2000)
- Billboard (1894-2000)
- Broadcast (1960-2000)
- Broadcasting & Cable (1931-2000)
- Disc (1958-1975)
- Film Journal International (1934-2000)
- Film Weekly (1928-1939)
- Melody Maker (1926-2000)
- Mixmag (1983-2000)
- Musical Express / New Musical Express (1946-2000)
- Musician (1976-1999)
- Muzik (1995-2000)
- Picturegoer (1911-1960)
- R&R (1973-2000)
- Rave (1964-1970)
- Screen International (1975-2000)
- Stage, The (1880-2000)
- Variety (1905-2000)
- Vox (1990-1999)
Mexican Cinema, from its beginnings in the late 1890s to its “Golden Age” (1930s to 1960), was consistently the largest and most important of all the Spanish-speaking countries. During its heyday, the Mexican film industry produced an average of one hundred films annually and supplied screen entertainment to both domestic audiences and international markets in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema is illuminated in this collection of popular movie periodicals. Not only does it include chief magazines such as Cinema Reporter (1943-1965) and Cine Mundial (1954-1955), it also features extremely rare copies of El Cine Gráfico from 1935 and of the weekly El Mundo Ilustrado (1902-1910). The true extent of the popularity of Mexican film is illustrated by Cinelandia (1931-1947), which was published in Hollywood both in Spanish and in English. This collection also includes dozens of film flyers, which were distributed on the streets to lure people into the cinema. Finally, for the first time this collection gives access to the personal scrap books of Fernando de Fuentes (1894-1958), one of the leading Latin-American filmmakers to this day. These volumes contain reviews, movie stills, programs, and advertisements, shedding a unique light on the career of this pioneering director. The sources in this collection, heretofore only accessible in the archives of the Filmoteca de la UNAM in Mexico City, will be invaluable to scholars and researchers working on film and media studies, Latin American studies, and many other aspects of the historical, social, and political impact of cinema.
Location of originals: Filmoteca, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Combined access to all of MLibrary's streaming video collections from Alexander Street Press. Includes American History in Video, Classical Music in Video, Counseling & Therapy in Video, Dance in Video, Ethnographic Video Online, Filmakers Library Online, March of Time, Opera in Video, Silent Film Online, Theatre in Video, and World History in Video.
Each film includes a transcript. Clips and playlists can be created, saved and shared. Most videos can be downloaded to a mobile device.
Access to the Paley Center for Media online database, which includes 15,000 hours digitized programming from the entire history of television.
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