Re: [Frameworks] science film query

From: Jennifer Peterson (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 28 2010 - 18:31:37 PST


For a start, you might check out Catherine Russel's book EXPERIMENTAL

Oliver Gaycken has written extensively on early science films, including an
article about Luis Bunuel's appropriation of an early Pathé science film, LE
SCORPION LANGUEDOCIEN in his film L'AGE D'OR. I'm not sure if this has been
published yet but you could write to him and ask (he teaches at Temple U).

James Cahill recently completed a dissertation on Jean Painlevé at USC, and
now teaches at U of Toronto. You might try writing to him to ask for more

The conclusion to my book on early travelogues, when it finally appears
(which won't be for well over a year), is about Oskar Fischinger's film
WALKING TO MUNICH TO BERLIN and its relationship to the commercial

A great many film archives have educational & scientific films, but these
are mostly not cataloged.

The forthcoming book called LEARNING WITH THE LIGHTS OFF: A READER IN
EDUCATIONAL FILM is all about educational films (Oliver and I both have
articles in there), though not necessarily their connection with
experimental film. This should be out in 2011.

Jennifer Peterson
(Univ. of Colorado at Boulder)

On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM, Serge Levchin <email suppressed> wrote:

> 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
> serge
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