Nov 21, 2009

special journal issue THE MOVING IMAGE

Here it is. The special issue of The Moving Image, a peer-reviewed journal in which archival issues meet historical, theoretical, and critical analysis.

If you're not a member of AMIA (meaning you don't get a journal subscription automatically) you can subscribe here:

Or you can get this issue for $15.  At 260 pages, this issue (vol. 9, no. 1) is book-length. The essays are expanded versions of presentations made at the 6th Orphan Film Symposium in 2008. The theme of the event was "The State," broadly considered.

Here's the table of contents:

The State of Orphan Films: Editor's Introduction
Dan Streible

Are All (Analog) Films “Orphans”? A Pre-digital Appraisal
Paolo Cherchi Usai

The Bureaucratic Activist: Federal Filmmakers and Social Change in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Tick Eradication Campaign
Jennifer Zwarich                          

Garras de oro (The Dawn of Justice--Alborada de justicia): The Intriguing Orphan of Colombian Silent Films
Juana Suárez & Ramiro Arbeláez

Extended Family Films: Home Movies in the State-Sponsored Archive
Julia J. Noordegraaf & Elvira Pouw

Carl Marzani & Union Films: Making Left-wing Documentaries during the Cold War, 1946-1953
Charles Musser

Nothing Could Be Finer? George Stoney’s Tar Heel Family and the Tar Heel State on Film
Devin Orgeron

Experiments in Propaganda: Reintroducing James Blue's Colombia Trilogy
Jennifer Horne

Carl Sanders and Albert Maysles: Georgia Politics Meets Direct Cinema, 1969-1970 
Craig Breaden

The Army, Newsreel, and The Army Film
Eric Breitbart

Old-Time Religion: Christian Experimentalism and Preaching to the “Unchurched”
Paul Cullum

Between Sign-Off Films and Test Patterns: Insight at UCLA
Mark Quigley
Tributes to Bill O’Farrell by Rosemary Bergeron & Sam Kula, Ken Weissman, Charles Tepperman, Nancy Watrous, and Karan Sheldon

Reviews by Zack Lischer-Katz, Kylah Magee, Mia Ferm, Hideaki Fujiki, Jennifer M. Bean, Joshua Yumibe, Leigh Goldstein

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What is that cover image?  Everyone asks.
Answer: Dedication of 'Park Row' (MVTN 0-282), a curious newsreel fragment from the Fox Movietone News Collection at the University of South Carolina (now part of a USC unit called Moving Image Research Collections). That's a faux Trotsky at the mike, being played by Boris Charsky, whose brief Hollywood career included a role in Raoul Walsh's film The Red Dance. A good, old-fashioned publicity stunt, this piece with "Leon Trotsky of the Soviet Republic" was recorded January 27, 1928, on the Fox lot in Hollywood. The Red Dance was not in general release until December, although it had a New York premiere in June. Like most all "Movietoned" films of 1928, it had both silent prints and part-sound prints in circulation simultaneously.

The AFI Catalog indicates that a song was included on the soundtrack of The Red Dance:  "Someday, Somewhere (We'll Meet Again)," with music by Erno Rapée. A YouTuber posted his 78rpm record (Conquerer 7138, recorded Aug. 19, 1928) of "Someday, Somewhere" by a group called the Dixie Marimba Players -- since deleted. (But one must love one's arrangement featuring xylophone, Hawaiian guitar, and celeste, mustn't one?!)

You can even get the sheet music.