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Harvard University Film Study Center

Overview
Works: 69 works in 266 publications in 3 languages and 3,330 library holdings
Genres: Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Illustrations  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Film and video adaptations  History 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: GN303, 968.83
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Most widely held works by Harvard University
The Hunters ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1956 and 2007 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this classic documentary, the Kalahari Bushmen of Africa wage a constant war for survival against the hot arid climate and unyielding soil. 'The Hunters' focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their village. The chronicle of their 13-day trek becomes part of the village's folklore, illustrating the ancient roots and continual renewal of African tribal cultures
Dead birds by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
33 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes a photographic and ethnographic study which was sponsored by the Peabody Museum from Feb. 1961 to Nov. 1963 of the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem, high in the mountains of West New Guinea
Forest of bliss by Robert Gardener ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in Hindi and English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A film without voiceover commentary, involves the viewer in an intense encounter with daily life in Benares, India's most holy city, from one sunrise to the next. It looks at specifics, and but also opens itself to larger concerns such as the eternal cycles and metamorphoses of water, earth, flesh wood and fire, wind and the spirit
Altar of fire by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentary film about a twelve-day ancient Vedic ritual performed by Nambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest India, in April 1975. Explains the origin of the Vedic sacred literature, discusses how the oral tradition is perpetuated, shows construction of sacrificial altars and sheds, and introduces the principle participants in the ritual
The Nuer by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Nuer call themselves Naath. Only their immediate neighbors, the Dinka, Shilluk and Arabs, call them Nuer. The people of Ciengach, where the film was made, are the Eastern Jikany, one of about sixteen district tribes of Nuer. Twenty-five years ago the total population of Nuer was estimated to be around a quarter of a million. SInce then the number has undoubtedly dwindled considerably due to warfare, civil strife, sickness, drought and the general abandonment of traditional lifeways. However, those who still called themselves Naath did so with a vivid image of themselves as superior people living a superior life. Furthermore, it was impossible not to see that their lives were inextricably tied to their herd. Ciengach is a perfected plan for co-prosperity of cows and humans. Nuer existence has, consistent with life on a flood plain, an almost tidal rythm due largely to the movement of cattle into and out of the villages -- Container
Deep hearts by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An ethnographic portrayal of the Bororo people of Niger, showing an annual ritual dance, which symbolizes their beliefs about containing and controlling their feelings of love
Serpent mother by Allen Moore ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows how the Bengalis in the town of Vishnupur worship the snake goddess Manasha, a deity of the earth who is close to the day-to-day concerns of agrarian life
African carving a Dogon Kanaga mask by Thomas D Blakely ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the ceremonies and rituals surrounding the Kanaga mask. Shows the ritual of carving the mask and presents parts of the ceremony in which the mask is used to release the spirit of a dead man
Flatland ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An animated film of Edwin A. Abbott's book Flatland. In a two-dimensional universe populated by a hierarchical society of geometric figures, a square is persecuted for attempting to reveal its new knowledge of a third dimension, learned from encounters with a sphere
Ika hands a conversation with Octavio Paz by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows the daily life of a small group of Ika Indians who live in the highlands of Northern Columbia
Full circle by Wen-jie Qin ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This is the story of the repatriation of a totem pole by the Peabody Museum at Harvard University to Cape Fox Corporation, a Tlingit community in Southeast Alaska."--Container
Passenger a video in four movements ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Passenger is the title of a painting by Sean Scully, the well known American artist. It was shot in his studio in Barcelona in the early summer of 1997 ... The intent of the piece is to impart an experience of the engagement by Scully with the work in question, an engagement which is both physical and emotional. The only sounds are those made by the artist as he works and, occasionally, musical passages from tapes Scully listens to while he is painting"--Container
Loving Krishna by Allen J Moore ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the worship of Krishna in India within families and in large celebrations including the Celebration of Krishna's Birth and the Chariot Journey of Krishna
Sons of Shiva by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows how the Bengalis in the town of Vishnupur celebrate the annual ritual of Gajan in honor of Lord Shiva, during which the participants renounce the concerns of daily life in order to devote themselves entirely to the service of God
Figure in a landscape a conversation with J.B. Jackson ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On side in various locates, J.B. Jackson explains his theories of human interaction with landscape and its result as urban and quasi-urban spaces
Rivers of sand by Robert Gardner ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Portrays the people called the Hamar who live in the scrubland of southwestern Ethiopia. Points out that in this society, the men are the masters and the women are the slaves and shows how this sexual inequality affects the mood and behaviour of the people
Secondhand (Pepe) ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the early 1900s, immigrant Jews from Eastern Europe collected, sorted, and sold secondhand clothing. As the Jewish peddlers made their way through American city streets, they called out "Rags, Bones, Bottles!" Today, at the turn of the 21st Century, the used clothing industry has gone global. Fourth-generation rag dealers process old clothes for shipment overseas. Billions of pounds go to developing nations each year. Used American clothing plays an especially central role in Haiti. Old clothes tell new histories. The past recycles into the present
Edward O. Wilson reflections on a life in science by Edward O Wilson ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wilson offers insight into the scientific process, relating how an interst in studying ants and social insects led him to establish the field of sociobiology. He compares scientists to mythmakers and examines the role of imagination in scientific inquiry. His passionate concern for the preservation of our natural heritage has placed him in the forefront of environmental activism
Songhua by Jean-Paul Sniadecki ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Songhua River runs through Harbin in northeastern China and serves as the city's main water source. By attending to the everyday activities of leisure and labor unfolding along the banks and promenade, Songhua depicts the intimate and complex relationship between Harbin city residents and their "mother river". Sniadecki's extended long takes observe everyday behavior balanced between tradition and a rapidly changing present, even as the film itself, with its balance of carefully composed shots and handheld footage, explores the interface between art and ethnography
Three art makers the great sail, dancing with Miklos, good to pull ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Making marks, or causing them to be made as in the case of filmmakers, is what artists do. They see, imagine, hallucinate some shape, color or tone and then pick up their tools to render it in steel, light, copper or almost anything else. Here are three examples of what can happen. The Great, Sail 10 minutes, 1966: Alexander Calder's La Grande Voile was erected on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in 1966 with the artist directing the work. As the spectacular steel forms of this monumental stabile rise, it is filmed with time lapse and verite photography. One can see that the structure owes its spare elegance to the precision of its design and construction. Calder remains absorbed in quiet concentration as skeptical students and bemused bystanders observe the somewhat improbable event. Dancing with Miklos 28 minutes, 1993 - click here to preview this film While watching prolific Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso make his political thriller, The Blue Danube Waltz, Robert Gardner begins to film. Jancso's style seeps through to the documentarian's factual eye to create more than a behind-the-scenes exploration; it's an insightful, eloquent, and entertaining tribute from one filmmaker to another. Good to Pull 10 minutes, 2000 - watch a preview This short video is about a collaboration between the artist Michael Mazur and his master printer, Robert Townsend, as they work on a suite of etchings drawn from the celebrated monotypes Mazur made for Dante's Inferno. The monotypes were published in an earlier collaboration between Mazur and Robert Pinsky, the poet and translator. The etchings will become part of a remarkable history of similar undertakings by such other illustrators as Botticelli, Blake, Doré, Lebrun and Phillips. As seen in the literary magazine AGNI #68
 
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Alternative Names
Harvard University. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Film Study Center
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Film Study Center
Languages
English (173)
Hindi (14)
Chinese (2)