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Author Gracy, Karen F.
Title Film preservation : competing definitions of value, use, and practice / Karen F. Gracy.
Imprint Chicago : Society of American Archivists, 2007.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  TR886.3 .G73 2007    AVAILABLE


Call # TR886.3 .G73 2007
Phys. Description v, 287 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-276) and index.
Contents An Introduction to the Field of Film Preservation in the United States -- Birth and Development of Film Archives and the Film Preservation Movement -- The Economics of Film Preservation -- Film Archives as Cultural Institutions -- The Social Economy of Film Preservation: Implementing a Bourdieuvian Framework -- Documenting the Process of Film Preservation -- The Definition of Preservation -- Power and Authority in Film Preservation -- Evolution of the Field of Moving Image Archiving -- A Case Study in Archival Ethnography -- Genealogy of Hollywood Studios and Disposition of Film Libraries -- Evolving Definitions of Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration.
Summary "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.
Subject Motion picture film -- Preservation.
Film archives.
ISBN 1931666245 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781931666244 (pbk. : alk. paper)