We've recently been involved in working with a Theater class that's focused on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition that took place in San Francisco in 1915. (Check out http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist9/ppietxt1.html for historical background). As part of this collaboration, we've recently added a fair number of links to online movie clips of the fair. MRC also has a large collection of historical footage of the PPIE and other fairs and expositions on DVD. Check out http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/PopcultureVid.html#Fairs for a listing.
The Library has recently subscribed to the redoubtable Theater in Video collection from Alexander Street Press. Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 242 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, King Lear, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Bérénice, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Playboy of the Western World, Krapp's Last Tape and Othello, among many others. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Eli Wallach, Zoe Caldwell, Sam Waterston and more.
Access is available to all UCB students, faculty, and staff.
Check it Out!
The following streamed video programs have been added to the Media Center's catalog through a partnership with the East Asian Library. Titles listed are available for online access by UCB users only. Access to the videos in the collection requires Windows Media player. Macintosh users may access them by downloading the free Flip4Mac plug-in.
Check out the newest MRC bibliography on the films of the 60s and 70s:
...and while you're at it, you might also be interested in bibliographies on cinema's 60s and 70s "easy riders and raging bulls", including: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg, Roger Corman and others...
Amazing how much social, political, and religious baggage and weirdness has been heaped on the movies over the past century. From fairly early on, the governmental and religious keepers of public morals have been attempting to ban, cut, or otherwise limit access to films perceived to be threats to society. To get an idea of the startling range of films that have historically fallen under the censors' ax, check out MRC's new Banned Films videography at:
For a bibliography of books and articles about movie censorship, see: