Digitalia Film Library Trial

The Libraries are running a trial of the Digitalia Film Library Database.  The database features streaming Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French, Spanish, European, Latin American and North American classic cinema.  It also contains collections covering history, nature, wildlife and travel.  The trial runs through May 2, 2017, and, like most library trials, is accessible on-campus only.

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Harpur Cinema Presents “On the Edge”

Harpur Cinema presents a film by Moroccan filmmaker, Leila Kilani, On the Edge.  It will be shown on February 17 and 19th in Lecture Hall 6 at 7:30 p.m.   The film explores the existence of young women factory workers living “on the edge” in modern Tangiers free-zone.




The Libraries have a number of books on North African and Arab film.  A selection is below.

Maghrebs in motion: north African cinema in nine movements, by Suzanne Gauch, 2016. e-book.




New voices in Arab cinema, by Roy Ames, 2015. e-book





Ten Arab filmmakers: political dissent and social critique, edited by Josef Gugler, 2015.  Fine Arts Collection  PN1993.5.A65 T48 2015





Hanan al-cinema: affections for the moving image, by Laura U. Marks, 2015.  Fine Arts Collection  PN1993.5.A65 M37 2015




Screens and veils: Maghrebi womens’ cinema, by Florence Martin, 2011.  Fine Arts Collection  PN1993.5.A35 M37 2011




Cinema in an age of terror: north Africa, victimization and colonial history, Michael F. O’Riley, 2010.  Fine Arts Collection PN1995.9.P6 O75 2010

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Harpur Cinema presents “Right Now, Wrong Then”

Right_Now,_Wrong_Then_(poster)As noted on Dateline, Harpur Cinema presents ‘Right Now, Wrong Then,’ 2015, Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea. Through two possible circumstances in two parts, South Korean filmmaker and screenwriter, Hong Sang-soo, portrays dramas of a man, who is a film director, meeting a beautiful young painter in Suwon, South Korea, where he is visiting to show one of his films. The film received the Golden Leopard (Grand Prize) at the Locarno International Film Festival. Film will be shown in Lecture Hall 6 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on November 11 and November 13.



The Libraries have access to one Hong Sang-Soo title via the Kanopy streaming database, as well as a number of books on Korean film.  A selected list is below:



In Another Country accessed via the Kanopy database.






korean1East Asian film noir : transnational encounters and intercultural dialogue, edited by Chi-Yun Shin and Mark Gallagher, 2015.    Fine Arts PN1993.5.E19 E37 2015




Two lenses on the Korean ethos : key cultural concepts and their appearance in cinema, by Keumsil Kim Yoon and Bruce Williams, 2015. Fine Arts PN1993.5.K6 Y75 2015




The changing face of Korean cinema, 1960 to 2015, by Brian Yecies and Ae-Gyung Shim, 2016.  Fine Arts  PN1993.5.K6 Y428 2016




Tourist distractions: traveling and feeling in transnational Hallyu cinema by Youngmin Choe, 2016. E-book

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Harpur Cinema Presents ‘Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

As mentioned in Dateline, Harpur Cinema launches its Fall 2016 series with an homage to the Israeli actress and director, Ronit Elkabetz who passed away last April, with ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amselem’ (Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz, 2014, Israel / France / Germany) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in LH-6. The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

Co-written and co-directed with her brother, the film is the last installment of a trilogy that focuses on the experiences of a woman struggling through the roles society imposes on her. With Elkabetz’s intense and brilliant acting (often compared to Anna Magnani’s), and its claustrophobic mise-en-scène, the film documents the painful process Viviane, trapped in a loveless marriage, goes through to obtain a divorce. The result is an uncompromising and heart-rending portrait, alternating between scathing drama and bitter comedy that draws the viewer in.

The Binghamton University Libraries have a number of books and videos regarding Israeli film.  A selected list of titles are below.

The politics of loss and trauma in contemporary Israeli cinema, by  Raz Yosef. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I86 Y88 2011




Israeli cinema : East/West and the politics of representation, by Ella Shohat.  Fine Arts  PN1993.5.I86 S56 2010




A history of Israeli cinema, by Raphael Nadjari,  (streaming video)

Beyond flesh: queer masculinities and nationalism in Israeli cinema, by Raz Yosef. Fine Arts  PN1993.5.I86 Y67 2004









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Cinema Department’s “Take the Tower” Production

As mentioned in Dateline, the Cinema Department will once again “Take the Tower” in an end-of-semester celebration of light, shadows and time at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 on the Glenn G. Bartle Library Tower. The large-scale projection will be a new one this spring, will reflecting the collaborative efforts of two classes – Cine 360: Expanded Cinema and Theater 389F Dance/Cinema Collaboration.

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Ken Jacobs–Blankets for Indians

As noted in Dateline, Ken Jacobs, distinguished professor emeritus and co-founder with Larry Gottheim of the Cinema Department, returns with extraordinary work – Blankets for Indians, presented in 3D – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in LH-6.

Blankets for Indians blends a stereoscopic study of water spurting from New York’s City Hall fountain with an intimately detailed portrait of an Occupy Wall Street march. The unexpected connection gives the film new life, seamlessly moving between sensual observation and political commentary, reflection and abstraction. Using freeze-frames, text and 3D manipulation, Jacobs questions the contemporary conditions of sociopolitical struggle, its relation to aesthetics and the labor necessary to produce both.

Jacobs has been a major figure in the New York avant garde since the ’60s as well as the object of many retrospectives at major museums. Honors include the Maya Deren Award of The American Film Institute, the Berlin’s DAAD award, the Guggenheim Award and a special Rockefeller Foundation grant.

For more information, call 607-777-4998.

Co-sponsored by the Cinema Department, Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series and the Broome County Arts Council. Made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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Harpur Cinema–Bellissima

As noted in Dateline, Harpur Cinema presents ‘Bellissima’ (1952) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in LH-6. Anna Magnani portrays Maddalena, a poor woman, frustrated by her own limited circumstances and devalued life, who chases the dream of a glamorous film career for her “bellissima,” her most beautiful daughter. The drama is captured by Visconti with the same sensitivity to the yearnings of ordinary people with extraordinary dreams that won him international acclaim. Magnani won the Silver Ribbon, Italian Journalists, 1952

The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

The Libraries have many works both by and about director Luchino Visconti.  A  short selection is listed below.


Visconti : insights into flesh and blood, by Alexander García Düttmann ; trans. by Robert Savage  Fine Arts PN1998.3.V57 G3713 2009




Luchino Visconti by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Fine Arts PN1998.A3 V5855 2003




Visconti : explorations of beauty and decay by Henry Bacon,  Fine Arts PN1998.3.V57 B34 1998




Luchino Visconti by Claretta Micheletti Tonetti, Fine Arts PN1998.3.V57 T66 1997




Films All DVD’s can be found at the Newcomb Reading Room Reserves Desk. Additional Visconti titles are available in the Kanopy database.

Le notti bianche = White nights, Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Reader Services Desk (DVD) — PN1997 .N6788 2005






Death in Venice Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Reader Services Desk (DVD) — PN1997 .D375 2004




Ossessione, Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Reader Services Desk (DVD) — PN1997 .O6773 2002


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An Encounter with Simone Weil Presentation Monday

As noted in today’s Dateline: Filmmaker Julia Haslett, professor of media production at the University of North Carolina, accompanied by Assistant Professor of Music Daniel Thomas Davis, will present a film screening and discussion of An Encounter with Simone Weil at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in LH-B39.

Haslett makes expressionistic documentary films on historical and contemporary subjects. Her work has shown at festivals, theaters, and on broadcast television around the world. Her most recent feature-length project, An Encounter with Simone Weil – which was scored by Davis– is a personal essay film inspired by the French thinker, activist and mystic, Simone Weil. It premiered at IDFA (Amsterdam), won Michael Moore’s Special Founder’s Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival, and was a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick during its U.S. theatrical run. Following the screening, Haslett and Davis will discuss their collaborative approach to image and sound. Co-presented by the Department of Cinema and Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.

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Visiting Film and Video Artists and Speaker Series

As noted in Dateline, Moving the Sleeping Images of Things Towards the Light: Films by Artist in Residence Daïchi Saïto will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in LH-6. The films of Saïto explore the relationship between the corporeal phenomena of vision and the material nature of the medium, fusing a formal investigation of frame and juxtaposition with sensual and poetic expressions. This program of many 16 mm films, except where indicated, will include: Chiasmus (2003), Chasmic Dance (2004), Blind Alley Augury (2006), All That Rises (2007), Green Fuse (2008), Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (35mm, 2009) Field of View #1 (super-8, 2009), Never a Foot Too Far, Even (double-projection 16mm, 2012), Engram of Returning (35mm Scope, 2015). Saïto was ranked third among the “25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century” in Film Comment’s Avant-Garde Poll.  Sponsored by the Cinema Department.

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Harpur Cinema–The Crowd

This week’s Harpur Cinema offering is The Crowd, directed by King Vidor, to be shown on November 13th at 7:30 in Lecture Hall 6.  King Vidor’s American masterpiece The Crowd will be accompanied by Dr. Philip Carli, internationally recognized artist, conductor, composer, musicologist and professor of music. Dr. Carli will speak about the issues and challenges raised in composing a score for silent films before he performs his original setting of The Crowd.

Harpur Film Society’s original programs included a number of silent films including Buster Keaton’s The Navigator, René Clair’s The Italian Straw Hat, and D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation.

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