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January 2014, Week 5


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Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:53:20 +0000
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Hello all,

The latest issue of Film History (vol. 25, no. 4)--a special issue on Nontheatrical Film--is now available, featuring a variety of new articles that may be of interest to many readers:

  *   A Portal to the Outside World: Motion Pictures in the Penitentiary (Alison Griffiths)
  *   Lenticular Spectacles: Kodacolor’s Fit in the Amateur Arsenal (Marsha Gordon)
  *   Four Cents to Sea: 16mm, the Royal Canadian Naval Film Society, and the Mobilization of Entertainment (Peter Lester)
  *   Grierson, the British Documentary Movement, and Colonial Cinema in British Colonial Africa (Rosaleen Smyth)
  *   United States v. Twentieth Century-Fox, et al. and Hollywood’s Feature Films on Early Television (Jennifer Porst)
  *   Documentary Educational Resources: A Brief Oral History (Scott MacDonald)
  *   EPHEMERATA: French Cinema Center Catalogue (circa 1938) (Gregory A. Waller)

We hope you will enjoy reading this issue, which can be accessed on JSTOR or Project MUSE:


This issue also includes the first installment of a semi-regular new feature called Ephemerata. Motivated as much by the circulatory role of eBay as by the ease of digitizing documents for online posting and the research opportunities afforded by searchable archives like the Media History Digital Library and the Internet Archive, Ephemerata offers scans of photographs, postcards, pamphlets, brochures, and other long-forgotten, discarded, or simply overlooked print material. These orphaned items are here recirculated with an eye toward expanding the scope—perhaps even generating debate—about what counts as primary sources and how ephemeral material might be interpreted, contextualized, and deployed. The items resurfacing in Ephemerata will be framed by a brief scholarly commentary that blends annotation and speculation. Film History welcomes your queries about Ephemerata, proposals concerning specific items or types of material worth reproducing, and comments on the historical and historiographical import of these highlighted orphans.

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