Re: [Frameworks] science film query

From: craig baldwin (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 28 2010 - 18:15:56 PST

Serge, Tho you probably already know about it, I should anyway remind you of Marina McDougall and Andy Bellows' excellent Brico Press volume on Jean Painleve: "Science Is Fiction".And while I have you on the line, so to speak, and with all due respect, I must say your claim that you (or most any one really) have tracked down all commercially available films on science (maybe I don't understand this part) seems, well, rather preposterous on the face of it!

Craig Baldwin

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:46:51 -0600
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Subject: [Frameworks] science film query

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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