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Media Screen Roundup – September 2014

The monthly roundup of film and television publications compiled by Simon Baker, Institute of Historical Research, & published here at the BUFVC by Linda Kaye.

The journal History and Technology has a number of articles on television. Making science at home: visual displays of space science and nuclear physics at the Science Museum and on television in postwar Britain looks at the public presentation of science in the 1950s and 1960s including the BBC series Fuel in Space (1965) and the Horizon series episode Man in Space (1966). Switching to the USA the article Television and taste on the New Frontier: ‘A Tour Of The White House With Mrs. John F. Kennedy’ discusses the 1962 CBS TV programme.

In other journals, design for television and opera is covered by David Myerscough-Jones, Benjamin Britten and the Art of Illusion: Theatre Design for Television. While Donald McLean in, The Achievement of Television: The Quality and Features of John Logie Baird’s System in 1926, gives a detailed view of the image quality of the first public demonstration of television.

Pearl White, Musidora, Josette Andriot, Emilie Sannom and, Astrea are featured in David Chapman’s Amazons, Vampires and Daredevils: Athletic Women in Silent Films. All the women demonstrated their sporty and acting skills in the popular cinematic entertainments during the silent era.

And finally two classics of cinema are featured; The Third Man and Citizen Kane. James Brown discusses guilt and spectatorship in The Third Man, while Jeffrey Knapp in “Throw That Junk!” The Art of the Movie in Citizen Kane looks at Kane’s dual career as a newspaper publisher and an art collector, his interclass marriage to the shop girl, and the film’s signature visual motif; while also comparing it to the more conventional Hollywood film, My Best Girl.

Media Screen Roundup (Sep 2014) IHR-BUFVC (145KB PDF)

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