Academic Films for the Classroom. A History by Geoff Alexander

By Geoff Alexander

Exploring a realm of movie usually brushed aside as campy or contrived, this e-book strains the heritage of school room academic movies from the silent period in the course of the Nineteen Eighties, whilst movie ultimately started to lose floor to video-based and electronic media. It profiles 35 person educational filmmakers who performed a job in bringing those approximately 110,000 16mm motion pictures to study rooms throughout North the United States, paying specific recognition to auteur John Barnes and his mostly ignored physique of labor. different subject matters contain: the construction businesses contributing to the expansion and improvement of the tutorial movie style; the advanced historical past of post-Sputnik, federally-funded academic tasks which inspired the expansion of the educational movie style; and the denouement of the style in school rooms and its resurgence on the net.

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S. during the early years, and its story is a significant one in the history of North American academic film. S. was largely driven by ERPI and the efforts of EB Films and the University of Chicago, the enormous contribution to the One. The Formative Years of Educational Film 33 North American educational film genre made by the National Film Board of Canada (NFBC) is due largely to the documentarist philosophy espoused by its founder, John Grierson (1898–1972). Film Board documentaries such as Universe (1959, dir.

Unfortunately, many of the remaining prints of these important films from World War II have fallen victim to this condition. S. involvement in World War II. 24 In titles such as Guards of the North (1941, dir. Raymond Spottiswoode), which described the task and importance of defending Iceland, the approximately 62 films in the series made from 1940 through 1945 were uniquely Canadian in approach and perspective, furthering the Film Board tradition of defining Canada to its citizens and to the world at large.

A rumor persists that MGM entered into discussions to buy EBF during this time, with Benton slated to become the major stockholder and chairman of the new company. 51 One. The Formative Years of Educational Film 29 EB film editor Grace Garland Janisz (Grace Garland Janisz). Expediency at the Expense of Illumination? 52 He had already made and lost a fortune in the sugar market prior to founding the Esquire magazine empire. Smart had acquired a showman’s eye for promotion and publicity (he would later introduce the Petty and Varga pin-up girl illustrations to the American magazine reader) and, on a trip to Germany in the early 1930s, immediately recognized the educational-propagandistic potential of films being made by the Nazis.

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