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Harvard University Film Study Center

Works: 87 works in 347 publications in 6 languages and 3,764 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Film adaptations  Experimental films  Short films  Illustrated works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Religious films  Educational films 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 995.1
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Most widely held works by Harvard University
Dead birds by Robert Gardner( Visual )

44 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a photographic and ethnographic study which was sponsored by the Peabody Museum from February 1961 to November 1963 of the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem, high in the mountains of western New Guinea
Forest of Bliss by Robert Gardener( Visual )

24 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in Hindi and English and held by 289 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 )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and Hindi and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary film about a twelve-day ancient Vedic ritual performed by Mambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest India, in April 1975
Serpent Mother by Allen Moore( Visual )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 177 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 162 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
Deep Hearts by Robert Gardner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and Fula and held by 160 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
Flatland( Visual )

9 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in English and held by 151 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 by Robert Gardner( Visual )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and South American Indian and held by 133 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 122 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
Loving Krishna by Allen J Moore( Visual )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 77 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 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancing with Miklós: While watching prolific Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso make his political thriller, The Blue Danube Waltz (Kék Duna keringö), 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
Rivers of Sand by Robert Gardner( Visual )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 69 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 66 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 63 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
Ren min gong yuan = People's Park by Claire Burch( Visual )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A single-shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through a famous urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The film explores the dozens of moods, rhythms and pockets of performance coexisting in tight proximity within the park's prismatic social space, capturing waltzing couples, mighty sycamores, karaoke singers, and buzzing cicadas. A sensory meditation on cinematic time and space, People's Park offers a gaze at public interaction, leisure and self-expression in China
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