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Harvard University Film Study Center

Overview
Works: 101 works in 335 publications in 5 languages and 3,767 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Drama  War films  Film adaptations  Experimental films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Illustrated works  Short films 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: GN303, 995.1
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Most widely held works by Harvard University
The hunters by John Marshall( Visual )

18 editions published between 1956 and 2007 in English and held by 532 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 )

34 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 412 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( Visual )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in Hindi and English and held by 266 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 )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and Hindi and held by 255 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 )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan and held by 212 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 )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and held by 182 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 180 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 165 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 153 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 )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and South American Indian and held by 137 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 124 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 121 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
The Hunters( Visual )

4 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in English and held by 115 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
Three art makers : the great sail, dancing with Miklos, good to pull( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great sail: 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 constaruction. Calder remains absorbed in quiet concentration as skeptical students and bemused bystanders observe the somewhat improbable event
Loving Krishna by Allen J Moore( Visual )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 78 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 Bengali and held by 73 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
Sean Scully at work : three short films( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 73 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( Visual )

3 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 64 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 )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 63 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
Secondhand (Pepe)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 49 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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