Archival Film Curatorship
Archival Film Curatorship
Early and Silent Cinema from Analog to Digital
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Introduction Theorizing Archival Film Curatorship
Chapter 1 The Eye Filmmuseum: Beyond the Canon, the Fragment and Remix
Chapter 2 The George Eastman Museum: From Trivia to Popular and Fine Art
Chapter 3 The National Fairground and Circus Archive: Early Fairground Cinema and Cine-Variety Pastiche
Conclusion Moving-Image Curatorship Beyond Film Heritage

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“Archival Film Curatorship offers a vital contribution to moving image archiving studies. Grounded in Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics and extensive, original archival research, the book simultaneously reminds us that silent films’ historicity are products of deep-rooted institutional traditions, while showing a way forward for film curation amidst the accelerating datafication of film heritage.”
-- Dr. Christian Olesen, Assistant Professor Digital Media & Cultural Heritage, University of Amsterdam

"Ingravalle brilliantly explores the histories of three key film archives as institutions established in the 20th century that have revised and transformed their missions in the digital era. Archival practices and archival theories are intertwined in this penetrating study of film and media histories and futures."
-- Catherine Russell, Distinguished Professor of Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal

Grazia Ingravalle

Archival Film Curatorship

Early and Silent Cinema from Analog to Digital

Archival Film Curatorship is the first book-length study that investigates film archives at the intersection of institutional histories, early and silent film historiography, and archival curatorship. It examines three institutions at the forefront of experimentation with film exhibition and curatorship. The Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, and the National Fairground and Circus Archive in Sheffield, UK serve as exemplary sites of historical mediation between early and silent cinema and the digital age. A range of elements, from preservation protocols to technologies of display and from museum architectures to curatorial discourses in blogs, catalogs, and interviews, shape what the author innovatively theorizes as the archive’s hermeneutic dispositif. Archival Film Curatorship offers film and preservation scholars a unique take on the shifting definitions, histories, and uses of the medium of film by those tasked with preserving and presenting it to new digital-age audiences.

Grazia Ingravalle

Grazia Ingravalle is Assistant Professor in Film at Queen Mary University of London. She has published extensively on film archives, early cinema, digitization, and decolonisation in edited collections and journals including The Moving Image, Screen, and the JCMS. Archival Film Curatorship is her first monograph.