July 8, 2013
TALES FROM THE TOWER OF BABEL

TALES FROM THE TOWER OF BABEL

MULTI-LINGUAL FILM-MAKING IN EUROPE IN THE EARLY 1930s

Marlene Dietrich performs in her famous role as Lola

With the arrival of talking pictures in the late 1920s, film industries in Europe and America faced a new dilemma. Silent films had spread easily round the world, needing only the simple exchange of one title card for another in a different language to be fitted for foreign export. But how could companies hold onto their foreign markets once characters in their films started talking? Primitive soundtrack dubbing was tried, also subtitling, but the method that took hold, if briefly, was multi-lingual production, with the same film issued in different language versions. Britain set the ball rolling in the summer of 1929 with Atlantic, made in English and German. Greta Garbo in Hollywood made her talkie debut in English and German versions of Anna Christie. Marlene Dietrich, in The Blue Angel, did the same at Ufa’s Neubabelsberg studio outside Berlin. Neubabelsberg was the world’s bastion of multi-lingual production in the early 1930s, with troops of actors, German, English and French, following each other onto the same sets in numerous musical comedies and dramas, including the popular Congress Dances and the futuristic spectacle F.P.1. 

Film historian and music critic Geoff Brown will examine the joys and headaches of multi-lingual filming and cross-cultural exchange, with the emphasis on Britain’s participation in Ufa’s output during the turbulent last months of the Weimar Republic, just before Hitler came to power in 1933. The technical problems, the culture clashes, the political ramifications, the drama of an elderly British character actor found on the pavement bleeding from his head: all will be revealed in a presentation combining film clips, images, and documentary evidence.

Please, feel free to join us!

Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

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(Source: youtube.com)

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British director cuts his ties with Spanish civil war film

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May 30, 2013
ARLIS Art Archives Committee event: Giving up the Archive?

Provisional programme:

Giving up the archive?
Reflections on the creation, examination and dissemination of arts organisations’ archives.

Many arts organisations are interested in locating and exploring their archival heritage. What are the driving forces behind this interest? How much archive material survives, where and in what condition? What can archives tell us about the history of these organisations and how important are they to their contemporary activities? This study day aims to explore these questions, providing reflections and case studies from academics, curators, artists and archivists.

Provisional programme:

10.30-11.00         Coffee and registration

11.00-11.20         Welcome: ARLIS
Introduction to the morning session: Dr Dominic Paterson (Chair)
http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/staff/dominicpaterson/

11.20-11.50         DrFrancis McKee Stories from the archive           
http://www.gsa.ac.uk/research/supervisors-plus-students/primary-supervisors/m/mckee-francis/

11.50-12.20         Ross Sinclair The artist’s voice
http://www.gsa.ac.uk/research/supervisors-plus-students/primary-supervisors/s/sinclair-ross/

12.20-13.00         Keynote: TBC

13.00-14.00         Lunch

14.00-14.10         Introduction to the afternoon session: Dr Julie Bacon (Chair)

http://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/staff-profiles/profiles/fine_art/j-l-bacon.html

14.10-14.40         Beryl Graham, CRUMB Archiving new media
http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/faculties/adm/research/artanddesign/researchstaff/profberylgraham/

14.40-15.10         Donna Romano, National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) at NCAD, Dublin
Documenting the visual arts in Ireland
http://www.nival.ie/

15.10-15.40         Marysia Lewandowska Shared archives
http://www.marysialewandowska.com/

15.40-16.10         Panel discussion (afternoon’s speakers including key note)

16.10                     Drinks reception

May 9, 2013
Screening of In The National Interest as part of The Militant Image programme

Still from <i>In the National Interest?</i> (1986)

This event, programmed by The Otolith Collective featuring Penny Stempel’s seminal film co-directed by Chris Rushton In the National Interest? (1986). This screening is followed by a discussion between Kodwo Eshun, Anjalika Sagar and Penny Stempel. 

In the National Interest? looks at those sections of British society excluded from the idea of national interest. The film encompases trade union struggles, racial attacks and criminalisation. It was made with the co-operation of a large number of independent film and video groups, including Derry Film & Video Collective, Sankofa, Faction Films and Women in Sync.

This is part of an ongoing programme in which Iniva investigates radical film practice in association with the Otolith Group and with the support of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths College.

Book online here. For enquiries call 020 7749 1240 or email bookings@iniva.org.

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