Saving Cinema: The Politics of Preservation

Saving Cinema: The Politics of Preservation

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by Caroline Frick
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195368116
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/14/2011
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,308,677
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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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