[Frameworks] science film query

From: Serge Levchin (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 28 2010 - 17:46:51 PST

Hello FWs -
I am trying to put together a proposal for a course in film history, dealing
primarily with the evolution of science/research and educational film.
Plenty has been written on the general history of these relatively marginal
genres - especially on their origins (i.e. on Muybridge, Marey, etc.) - but
I wonder if anyone has done work on any kind of cross-breeding between
sci/research/edu film and experimental film (or even arthouse film).

Jean Painlevé is the only one coming to mind who could be said to straddle
both domains. A few of Peter Greenaway's films (particularly A Zed and Two
Noughts) borrow some themes/techniques from research film - in this case
time-lapse cinematography.

(At the risk of saddling Tony Conrad with another string of inanities) I'd
love to get some input - both in terms of artistic films that reference the
sci/research/edu genres and books/articles that deal with such borrowing. I
expect borrowing in the other direction took place as well, but that may be
a good deal harder to trace.

Also - on the off chance that someone on the list knows of major
repositories of sci/research/edu films - I mean archives, museums,
hospitals, etc. - from all eras, I would love to hear about it as well. I
think I have tracked down the majority of commercially available films.

Many many thanks for reading and giving some thought to the matter.

happy holidays, and best regards

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