Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice
"Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice offers a unique window on the world of film archiving. The author brings a historical, economic, and social framework to bear upon this unique community, looking at the people, institutions, and corporations that play key roles in the preservation endeavor. Through ethnographic narratives that place the reader squarely within the scene, Gracy gives readers the context to understand fully the complexities of film archiving work, and what it means to be a member of this profession. This book provides an introduction to the major players in the film community and the internal and external forces that influence film preservation, and a background of the film preservation movement. It also addresses the constraints of funding, intellectual property issues, and the orphan film movement. The primary focus is on the relationships among the various players: archives, studio and film preservation labs, and content owners."--Publisher's description.
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Birth and Development of Film Archives and the Film
The Economics of Film Preservation
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