In the last few months, MRC has acquired an usually large number of very cool new box sets and DVD anthologies. Two of our favorites are described below:
Henri Cartier-Bresson -- DVD 9934
Le Retour (The Return). A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Le Retour presents the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. Shows the removal of the prisoners to temporary hospitals and pictures joyful reunions with families and friends in Paris.
L'espagne vivra (Spain will live). A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. L'espagne vivra is the second documentary by Cartier-Bresson on the Spanish Civil War. It looks at the war and its aftermath with commentary by Georges Sadoul.
Victoire de la vie (Victory of Life). A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Victoire de la vie is taken during the civil war inside the hospitals of Republican Spain showing medical care of soldiers.
Impressions de Californie (California impressions). CBS News invited the distinguished French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a film on any subject, anywhere in the world. He chose the state of California and this is the film he made, giving his personal impressions of aspects of the life and the people of that part of the country. The sequences used range from cheer-leading auditions and anti-war protests, to encounter groups and hippie communes.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye. Featuring Henri Cartier-Bresson, Isabelle Huppert, Robert Delpire, Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka, Arthur Miller, Ferdinando Scianna. A documentary on influential photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson filmed shortly before his death. Features interviews with Cartier-Bresson and a host of cultural luminaries, including Arthur Miller.
Southern Exposures. CBS News invited the distinguished French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a film on any subject, anywhere in the world. In this documentary Cartier-Bresson travels through the United States as he tries to capture its cultural flavor in the late 1960's.
Robert Franks: The Complete Film Works
About Me: A Musical. DVD 9966 An autobiographical film by filmmaker Robert Frank that poses questions concerning artistic expression and the function of memory.
Conversations in Vermont. DVD 9965 Filmmaker Robert Frank tells a story to his two teenage children, with the aid of still photographs from a variety of sources.
Keep Busy. DVD 9966 An interweaving of documentary and fiction to create a film about a group of people living on an isolated island off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Liferaft Earth. DVD 9965 A documentary film about the "Hunger Show", a week-long hunger strike designed to bring attention to the dangers of overpopulation. Filmed from Oct. 11-18, 1969 in Hayward, Calif.
Ok End Here. DVD 9965 A short fictional film about a crumbling romantic relationship. The characters are often only partially visible or physically separated by walls, doors, reflections, or furniture, and the camera relays the story with little rhyme nor reason.
Pull My Daisy. DVD 9964. Presents Jack Kerouac's adapted play; this version is widely acknowledged as a classic moment in American independent cinema, marked by Robert Frank's filmmaking debut. The film describes the moods and feelings of a group of poets and musicians meeting in a loft apartment on a Friday morning. Jack Kerouac speaks for all the characters and comments on their actions.
The Sin of Jesus. DVD 9964. A short fictional film in which a young woman struggles to overcome the monotony of her failing marriage and dead-end job at a chicken farm.
Me and My Brother. DVD 9964. Robert Frank's first feature length film describes the inner and outer world of a Julius Orlovsky, a man who is catatonic schizophrenic. After spending years in a New York mental hospital, Julius emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the middle of filming, Frank hires and actor (Joseph Chaikin) to play the character and begins a fictional version of his psychological portrait. Then, as suddenly as he vanished, Julius turns up in an institution where he and Peter must face their relationship.
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The Media Resources Center (Moffitt Library) is very pleased and excited to announce that we have recently licensed and digitized 13 plays from the redoubtable BBC Shakespeare Library (As You Like It; Comedy of Errors; Hamlet; Julius Caesar; Macbeth; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; Othello; Richard III; Romeo and Juliet; Taming of the Shrew; The Tempest, Twelfth Night).
These plays can be viewed by UCB students, faculty, and staff (CalNet ID and password required). A listing of the plays, links to the videos, and technical requirements for viewing are posted at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/bardonline.html
For background and a fuller description of these playes, SEE
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Television_Shakespeare
Bulman, James C. "The BBC Shakespeare and 'House Style'."
Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 5, Special Issue: Teaching Shakespeare (1984), pp. 571-581
Jorgens, Jack. "The BBC-TV Shakespeare Series."
Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Summer, 1979), pp. 411-415
Well, the world isn't completely going to hell in a hand-basket...there are definite bright spots out there. Early film fans and scholars, for example, have at least small reason to rejoice. The tremendous popularity of DVDs in general has tended to shed light on formerly obscure corners of the cinematic world, as well as the the blockbusters. The past several years have seen the release of wonderful and affordable sets of early film works--often dazzlingly restored. Some of the cooler stuff acquired by MRC is described below. (For a complete listing of MRC early film anthologies and fuller descriptions of the titles below, see http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/earlyfilm.html
Directed by Louis Feuillade.
One of cinema's first 'superheroes,' the mysterious Judex in these
early silent films is torn between an oath of justice against the
wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his
secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the
basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving
Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the
detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid. Disc 1: Prologue --
1. The mysterious shadow -- 2. The atonement -- 3. The fantastic dog
pack -- 4. The secret of the tomb -- 5. The tragic mill -- Disc 2: 6.
The Liquorice Kid -- 7. The woman in black -- 8. The underground
passages of the Chateau-Rouge -- 9. When the child appeared -- 10.
Jacqueline's heart -- 11. The water goddess -- 12. Love's forgiveness.
Features a newly recorded score by Robert Israel. Also included: The
music of Judex, an 18 minute featurette in which Robert Israel
discusses scoring Judex and an essay by film historian Jan-Christopher
Horak. 315 min. DVD 6178