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SCREEN-L subscribers might be interested in an archive of documentary
 programs about cinema, film directors, scoring for film, animation,
experimenters with studies of techniques, profiles and interviews, excerpts
of works, in the period 1950-1980.  All half-hour except as noted. Brief
descriptions below. More info and details on availability of titles from
Creative Arts Television Archive.
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1. Feature films
Leni Riefenstahl   (1973, color)  One hour.  LR talks of her life and work.
Clips of "Blaue Licht", "Triumph des Willens", "Olympia", "Tiefland", and
many photos from her archive, (childhood, career as dancer, African filming).
LR on Zugspitze, on skis, in her studio, etc.
The Maysles Brothers  (1969,  color)  One hour.  Albert and David Maysles,
pioneers in "direct cinema", in conversation with Jack Kroll (then senior
editor of Newsweek) about techniques and motivations. Clips from "Salesman".
Buster Keaton  (1970, color)  Film critic Andrew Sarris and film collector
Raymond Rohauer discuss career of Keaton. Clips from "The General", "Cops",
"Sherlock Jr.", "College", "Steamboat Bill Jr.", "Frozen North", "The Boat."
Francois Truffaut   (1977, color)  Conversation between FT (speaking in
French) and Richard Roud (director of NY Film Festival) about his  life, work
and the auteur theory; with clips from "400 Blows", "Jules and Jim", "Bed and
Board", "The Man Who Loved Women" and many others.
Louis Malle   (1975, color)   LM in conversation with Susan Sontag.about
bringing personal experience to film. Clips from "Black Moon" which he later
acknowledged as his big flop.
Costa-Gavras   (1976, color)   CG talks with Marcel Ophuls about political
films. Clips from "Z" and others.
D. W. Griffith   (1975, color)  One hour. Commentary on DWG life and work by
film historian Ron Mottram, with guests Lillian Gish and Blanche Sweet. Clips
from "Crossroads of Life", "Isn't Life Wonderful", "The Country Doctor",
"Feud in the Kentucky Hills," "A Corner in Wheat", "The Informer", "The
Painted Lady", "Way Down East," "An Unseen Enemy," "Intolerance",   "Birth of
a Nation," "Judith and Holofernes," "True Heart Susie."
Alfred Hitchcock  (1972, color)  One hour.  The director speaks with Pia
Lindstrom (daughter of AH star Ingrid Bergman) and with film historian
William Everson about his life and work. Clips from many films, including
"Dial M for Murder", "The 39 Steps," "Notorious", "Frenzy", "The Lodger",
"The Man Who Knew Too Much", "The Birds." A special section on early
influences, and one on AH's appeances in his own movies.
Jean Gabin  (1978, color)  One hour.  The great French actor remembered by
some of the writers, directors and co-stars who worked with him through 50
years and 100 films,  including Rene Clement, Jean Dellanoy, Denys de la
Patelliere, Michel Audiard,  Granier Deferre, Jean Desailly, Francois Arnoul,
Lino Ventura, Danielle Darrieux, Madeleine Renaud.  Clips from "Pepe le
Moko", "Grande Illusion", "La Bete Humaine", "Le Chat", many others. Narrated
by Nadia Gray, who played opposite Gabin in the 50's.
Orson Welles   (1967, b/w)  One hour. Chronicle of the life and work of OW
through film clips and photographs.
Josef von Sternberg   (1965, b/w)  The director talks with film critic
Stanley Kaufmann. Clips from "The Blue Angel".
Albert Lewin   (1966, b/w)  Conversation with influential
producer-director-writer Lewin. Clips from his work including  "Portrait of
Dorian Gray," "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman."
Milos Forman   (1966, b/w)   Discussion between MF and cinema critic Amos
Vogel. Clips from "Loves of a Blonde."
Georges Melies  (1969, b/w)  One hour. Pioneering French film-maker discussed
by his granddaughter, Willard Van Dyke, critic Donald Richie. Clips from
Melies' turn-of-the-century films.
Joseph Losey   (1963, b/w)   JL and A. Mekas talk with NY Film Festival
organizer Richard Roud and critic Amos Vogel on occasion of the first NY Film
Festival. Discussion of film-making and festivals. Clips from Losey's "The
Servant" and Mekas' "Hallelujah the Hills."
Jean-Luc Godard  (1964)  JLG and Grigori Kozintsev talk with Roud at the
second NY Film Festival. Clips from "Bande a Part" and "Hamlet."
Werner Herzog   (1979, color)  WH and Klaus Kinski talk about their
relationship; with clips from "Aguirre the Wrath of God," "Nosferatu the
Vampire," "Woyzeck."
Sidney Lumet   (1962, b/w)   One hour. SL talks with editor-professor John
Gassner about plays becoming films. Clips from "A View from the Bridge" and
"Long Days Journey Into Night", others.
Harry d'Arrast   (1971, b/w)  The courtly French film maker,  the "forgotten
master" who had a brief successful career in the Hollywood of the 30's,
discussed by cinema historians William Everson and Herman Weinberg. Clips
from d'Arrast's film "Topaze."
Agnes Varda    (1969, b/w)   AV and Susan Sontag discuss women in films with
editor Jack Kroll.
Film Reality and Film Fantasy   (1975, color)  Special effects, then and now
(1975). With Linwood Dunn explaining "King Kong", "Androcles and the Lion,",
"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Citizen Kane," and others -- with
illustrations of optical printing. And with Bob Abel, pioneer in
computer-driven film effects.
Cinema of Senegal   (1978, color)   Conversation with Senegalese directors
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Ousmane Sembene with Larry Kardish (Museum of
Modern Art film dept.)  Clips of several films by the participants and by
Samb-Makharam and Traore.
Cinema of Yugoslavia  (1978, color) One hour.  Contemporary film making
discussed by Dejan Kosanovich and theater critic John Simon. Many film clips:
(work by Markovic, Karaklajic, Babic, Papic.)
Scoring films  (1979, color)  Portrait of Marvin Hamlisch includes his
commentary on scoring films and how music enhances film. Hamlisch is seen
writing to click-track and in studio with orchestra fitting his music to
scenes from "Starting Over."
Scoring films  (1976, color)  Profile of Bernard Hermann (1911-1975),
composer whose scores set a new standard in American cinema. Illustrations
from "Citizen Kane", "Jane Eyre", "The Ghost and Mrs Muir", "Psycho", "North
by Northwest", "Taxi Driver, others. Commentary by music professor David
Filming "Godspell"  (1973, color)   Taking hit off-Broadway musical to the
screen. On-location scenes, rehearsals, etc.,  and reflections by director
David Greene, composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, writer John-Michael
"Ramparts of Clay"  (1971, color)   Semi-documentary film about isolated
North African village; discussed by producer-director Jean-Louis Bertuccelli.
 Clips.  Establishing and crossing the line between fact and fiction;
techniques of working with non-professionals in primitive environment.
Japanese film  (1970, color)  One hour.  Commentary, illustrated with many
film clips, by Donald Richie. Richie, a recognized Japan expert, was then
Visiting Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art, and in charge of a
major retrospective on Japanese film. Topics: illusion and reality, recurring
characters, traditional values, film aesthetic.
Rene Clair (1958, b/w)  Interview with French film master.
2. Experimental and others
Warner Brothers Cartoon Studio 1934-1964 (1975, color)  "The Boys From
Termite Terrace:" in 2 half-hour parts, has been widely exhibited. Hosted by
animation expert John Canemaker. Interviews and reminscence with Friz
Freleng, Mel Blanc, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett and clips from their works
including Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, etc.
 Demonstrations of painting cels, drawing, voice recording.
Francis Thompson (1964, b/w)  interview by Archer Winsten. Clips "To Be
Alive", "N.Y., N.Y."
Short personal films by women (1974, color)  work by Judith Wardwell, Freude,
Karen Johnson, Chick Strand, Betty Chen, Sharon Hennessey, Gunvor Nelson.
Comment by Freude (Bartlett) (filmmaker, distributor).
Otto Messmer  (1977, color)  creator of "Felix the Cat" cartoon series; OM
discusses his work. Clips "Felix" etc.
Stan VanDerBeek   (1972, color)  VDB at then pioneering computer at MIT
(Advanced Visual Studies dept.) talks about computers interaction with
creativity and demonstrates techniques.  Clips from "Symmetricks" and others.
With computer expert Wade Shaw.
Stan VanDerBeek  (1968)  VDB at home, discusses work, tours his Moviedrome.
Includes clips from "Will", "See Saw Seams", "Poemfield #1".
Hans Richter  (1973, color)  profile of his work and life: experimental film
artist,  graphic artist, co-founder of Dada aesthetic, Bauhaus associate,
dissenter in the Europe between the wars, his colleagues in Surrealist
movement. Made well before hgis death, documentary has much HR on camera.
Clips from films "Ghosts Before Breakfast", "Rhythm 21", "8 X 8", others.
Mary Ellen Bute  (1965, b/w)  clips from "Passages from James Joyce's
Finnegan's Wake". A once famous film, even had theatrical release. Comment by
MEB and Wm. York Tindall (Columbia Univ. prof. of English) on the making of
the film.
Hilary Harris  (1964, b/w)  discussion HH with film critic Amos Vogel and
clips from "Seaward the Great Ships", "Generation", "Highways", "The
John Whitney, Sr.  (1975, color)  Pioneer computer graphics/film artist
explains techniques, shows his equipment.  With clips from"Matrix 3",
"Catalog", "Permutations", "Lapis"
George Dunning  (1973, color)  Master animator explains work and techniques.
Tours his studio, shows some techniques, how cels are made.  Excerpts from
works in progress and clips from "Yellow Submarine", "The Flying Man", "Damon
the Mower."
Oskar Fischinger (1977, color)  Profile of early animation artist with clips
from  "Liebespiel", "Komposition in Blau", "Spiritual Constructions",
marching cigarette commercial, others.  With his widow Elfriede, writer/film
commentator William Moritz, animator John Canemaker.
Rudy Burckhardt   (1974, color)  Artist-film maker RB, innovator and
experimenter in time lapse photography, discusses his work and techniques
over numerous clips.
Namjune Paik  (1975, color)  Profile of avant-garde video
experimenter/composer/performance artist, includes video experiments made for
this profile.
Alexander Alexeieff   (1966, b/w)   Creator of the strangely effective yet
oddly old-fashioned experimental technique for making films by shining strong
light across the peaks and valleys of hundreds of pins arranged in a "pin
board", and filming the their shadows.  AA discusses his invention and its
application. (With wife and co-worker Claire Parker). Clips from their films.
Abu Simbel   (1966, b/w)   Documenting the threat to the temple of Ramses by
the building of the Aswan Dam and the rising Nile waters: and a solution in
the cutting up and transportation of the entire site to high ground. Film
maker William MacQuitty discusses his years of work on the film. Many clips.
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