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Harvard University Film Study Center

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Works: 91 works in 353 publications in 6 languages and 3,826 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Drama  War films  Film adaptations  Experimental films  Short films  Illustrated works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Producer, prn
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Most widely held works by Harvard University
The hunters by John Marshall( Visual )

24 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This re-release of an early classic in anthropological film follows the hunt of a giraffe by four men over a five-day period. The film was shot in 1952-53 on the third joint Smithsonian-Harvard Peabody sponsored Marshall family expedition to Africa to study Ju/'hoansi, one of the few surviving groups that lived by hunting - gathering
Forest of Bliss by Robert Gardener( Visual )

24 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in Hindi and English and held by 285 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. On May 13th, 2000, Robert Gardner and Stan Brakhage recorded a conversation as they looked at Gardner's film, Forest of Bliss
Altar of Fire by Robert Gardner( Visual )

15 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in English and Hindi and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary film about a twelve-day ancient Vedic ritual performed by Mambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest India, in April 1975
The Nuer by Hilary Harris( Visual )

18 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nuer call themselves Naath. Only their immediate neighbors, the Dinka, Shilluk and the Arabs, call them Nuer. This film documents the daily lives of these herdsmen of the Nile basin as they care for their cattle and struggle with a smallpox epidemic ravaging their village. An English voice over narrates the following events that take place during the course of the film ; a bride price dispute, a ghost marriage, a ceremony intended to combat the smallpox epidemic, and an initiation ceremony where two boys receive the forehead incisions of manhood
Deep Hearts by Robert Gardner( Visual )

15 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and Fula and held by 185 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 )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how the Bengalis in the town of Bishnupur worship the snake goddess Manasā, 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 159 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 )

9 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An animated interpretation of Edwin Abbott's book 'Flatland'
Ika Hands by Robert Gardner( Visual )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and South American Indian and held by 131 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 )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 120 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 116 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
Tikal by Karl G Heider( Visual )

3 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tikal, the Mayan ceremonial center in the Peten lowlands of Guatemala, is famous for its pyramids and stelae. But surrounding the monuments, hidden in the jungle, are countless thousands of house mounds where a millennium ago, the worshippers and workers lived
Loving Krishna by Allen J Moore( Visual )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 76 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 )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and Bengali and held by 75 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
Three art makers : the great sail, dancing with Miklos, good to pull( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Good to pull (Bon à tirer): 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
Rivers of Sand by Robert Gardner( Visual )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the people called the Hamar who live in the scrubland of southwestern Ethiopia. Points out that in this society, men are masters and women are slaves. Shows how this sexual inequality affects the mood and behavior of the people
Sean Scully at work : three short films( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1997 Robert Gardner visited friend and well-known American painter Sean Scully in his Barcelona studio. He documented the making of two paintings, Testigos and Passenger, and the opening of "Sean Scully 1987-1997" at Salas del Palacio Episcopal in Malaga. This video, an important document of an influential modern artist, brings together the three short films made during that summer. Testigos - 10 minutes: Testigos is a small painting done when Gardner and Scully worked together in Barcelona. The title, which means 'witnesses, ' is the name of a small island in the Caribbean. Testigos, and at least one other painting, was made on the days that the larger canvas Passenger was drying. Passenger - 25 minutes: In Passenger, Gardner made what he calls "an observation in four movements." 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. Scully in Malaga - 7 minutes: A short film acknowledging the efforts of those responsible for installing the exhibition "Sean Scully 1987-1997" in Malaga. Equally important, the film captures Scully's parents dancing their beloved 'paso doble' in the midst of their son's work
Figure in a landscape : a conversation with J.B. Jackson by Jerome Witkin( 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
Secondhand (Pepe)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 51 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"--Introductory sequence
 
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