Saving Cinema: The Politics of Preservation [NOOK Book]

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The importance of media preservation has in recent years achieved much broader public recognition. From the vaults of Hollywood and the halls of Congress to the cash-strapped museums of developing nations, people are working to safeguard film from physical harm. But the forces at work aren't just physical. The endeavor is also inherently political. What gets saved and why? What remains ignored? Who makes these decisions, and what criteria do they use? Saving Cinema narrates the development of the preservation ...
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Overview

The importance of media preservation has in recent years achieved much broader public recognition. From the vaults of Hollywood and the halls of Congress to the cash-strapped museums of developing nations, people are working to safeguard film from physical harm. But the forces at work aren't just physical. The endeavor is also inherently political. What gets saved and why? What remains ignored? Who makes these decisions, and what criteria do they use? Saving Cinema narrates the development of the preservation movement and lays bare the factors that have influenced its direction. Archivists do more than preserve movie history; they actively produce and codify cinematic heritage.
At the same time, digital technologies have produced an entirely new reality, one that resists the material, artifact-driven approach that is the gold standard of preservation in the Western world. As it has become increasingly easy to capture and access moving images, increasing evidence of something many archivists have known for years has emerged: industrial and training films, amateur travel diaries, and even family videos are critical public resources. It has also raised question about the role of the profession. Is access equivalent to preservation, and, if it is, how should archivists alter their activities? The time is ripe for a reconsideration of the politics and practices of preservation. Saving Cinema is the book to guide that conversation.
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"Saving Cinema is a valuable addition to our understanding of preservation issues surrounding film and moving image media. Frick makes a smart and timely contribution to the intellectual ferment taking place at the nexus of media studies and film archiving. She enriches the discussion of American film preservation as a national project, placing it within a much-needed global perspective." —Dan Streible, Orphan Film Symposium and New York University

"The author's impressive educational and professional background provides her with a unique perspective on the film archives community and its history.... Aimed at a wide audience, including film historians and media study students, Saving Cinema presents a cogent challenge to the archival community regarding the philosophy of regional film archives."—Amy M. Moorman, Archival Issues

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199792641
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Caroline Frick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin and founder of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter One
The Politics of Preservation

Chapter Two
Defining the National: Rationales for 'American' Film Preservation

Chapter Three
Justifying the National: The 'American' Film Heritage Movement

Chapter Four
Defending the National:
International Discourse and Global Film Heritage

Chapter Five
Challenging the National:
Towards a More Inclusive Film Heritage

Chapter Six
The Plurality of Preservation

Index

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