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Harvard University Film Study Center

Overview
Works: 83 works in 306 publications in 6 languages and 3,583 library holdings
Genres: Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Illustrations  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Sacred books  Film and video adaptations  History  Motion pictures 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: GN303, 995.1
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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 594 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 )

36 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an ethnographic cross section of the life and customs of the Dani people who live in the Baliem Valley of West New Guinea
Forest of bliss by Robert Gardener( Visual )

24 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in Hindi and English and held by 268 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, but also opens itself to larger concerns such as the eternal cycles and metamorphoses of water and earth, flesh and wood, and fire, wind, and the spirit
Altar of fire by Robert Gardner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and Hindi and held by 252 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 Robert Gardner( Visual )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the most important relationships and events in the lives of the Nuer, Nilotic people in Sudan and on the Ethiopian border. Demonstrates the vital significance of cattle and their central importance in all Nuer thought and behavior
Deep hearts by Robert Gardner( Visual )

14 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and Fula and held by 187 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 181 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 156 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 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An animated interpretation of Edwin Abbott's book 'Flatland'
Passenger a video in four movements( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 120 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
Full circle by Wen-jie Qin( Visual )

3 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
Ika hands by Robert Gardner( Visual )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and South American Indian and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the daily life of a small group of Ika Indians who live in the highlands of Northern Columbia
Sons of Shiva by Robert Gardner( Visual )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and Bengali 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
Rivers of sand by Robert Gardner( Visual )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary film portrays the people called the Hamar, who live in the scrubland of Southwestern Ethiopia. The film examines an African tribal society where men and women live separate and unequal lives, a community where the men are masters and the women are slaves. Rivers of Sand is an attempt to disclose not only the activities of the Hamar, but also the frustrations of a life governed by sexual inequality. In several interviews Hamar women speak frankly about the difficulties of their lives. The film observes the women of the Hamar as they dig for water in the dried out river beds surrounding the village and follows the men as they hunt and attend to their personal appearance. Like Robert Gardner's other documentary films, the camerawork and the visual aspects of this documentary carry equal weight with the ethnographic content
Loving Krishna by Allen J Moore( Visual )

8 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 63 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
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
Secondhand (Pepe)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 48 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
Three art makers the great sail, dancing with Miklos, good to pull by Robert Gardner( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 43 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
Edward O. Wilson reflections on a life in science by Edward O Wilson( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 40 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 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Songhua depicts the intimate and complex relationship between Harbin residents and their "mother river," the Songhua in northeastern China. By attending to the everyday activities of leisure and labor unfolding along the banks and promenade, this nonfiction video also explores the interface between aesthetics and ethnography as it addresses environmental crisis within a major waterway of China."
 
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