Kine Weekly: a slew of rediscoveries from EYE, Welles memorabilia up for auction, more conferences announced, etc.


So last Friday Pamela and I discussed our mutual love for British silent cinema starlet Betty Balfour (who has a starring role in this year’s British Silent Film Festival). I am overjoyed about the rediscovery of Love, Life and Laughter (George Pearson, 1923) starring Our Betty, five minutes of which played at the Orphan Film Symposium on Wednesday.

I actually have a post about Betty coming up early next week. In the meantime, here’s a selection of other news from the world of moving image archiving:

LA Times > ‘A treasure trove of silent American movies found in Amsterdam’ > Well done to the EYE Filmmuseum and the National Film Preservation Foundation. Koko and Mickey and chickens – oh my!

Self-Styled Siren > ‘Good News for Silent Film Fans’ >> The Siren discusses the very early Mickey Rooney film Mickey’s Circus, one of the film rediscovered and announced this week (see above).

Moving Image Archive News > ‘A Secret Ceremony, Preserved on Film’ >> There are many reasons why certain events go unrecorded, or why those recordings are lost, or why they are put under embargo when they do survive. This piece explains how film archivists have to approach recordings of local customs with tact and compassion.

The Hollywood Reporter > ‘Orson Welles’ Camera, Scripts, ‘Citizen Kane’ Memorabilia Up for Auction’ >> ‘The legendary director’s youngest daughter […] says her dad would want them in the hands of film buffs.’ Surely he would want them in an archive…?

Open Culture > ‘The History of the Movie Camera in Four Minutes: From the Lumiere Brothers to Google Glass’ >> Lovely!

Archaeologies of Media and Film > ‘Call for Papers’ >> An upcoming conference that could be of interest to those working or researching in film history, heritage and archiving.

Detroit Free Press >  ‘5 questions with filmmaker and archivist Rick Prelinger’ >> Prelinger explains his fascination with Detroit and the archival film he’s uncovered about the city.

Trevor Owens > ‘Digital Preservation’s Place in the Future of the Digital Humanities’ >>’In short, I think there is a critical need for a dialog and conversation between work in the digital humanities and work building the collections of sources they are going to draw from.’

Warwick Film and Television Studies > ‘The Projection Project’ >> Exciting fully-funded PhD project available for a student interested in the representation of the projectionist in film.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting > ‘PBCore is Back in Action’ >> Further development of the US Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary.

BFI > ‘Film education strategy’ >> The BFI announces a new policy document, based in part on the responses of film educators.

The most recent More Podcast, Less Process podcast discusses the challenge of archiving video:

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And lastly, as I wrap up another chapter draft of my PhD thesis, I think I deserve a pat on the back, courtesy of British Pathe:

Kine Weekly: archiving information, film exhibition past and present, thoughts on theory etc.


Time > ‘Meet the Geniuses on a Quixotic Quest to Archive the Entire Internet’ >> My interest in the archiving of information technology stems from moving image archiving, considering that many of our moving images are produced, formatted, distributed, exhibited and stored on a computer.

Silent London > ‘Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2014: reporting back’ >> Looks like fun!

Open Culture > ‘Architects Dress as Famous New York City Buildings in Vintage 1931 Photo’ >> From a 1931 ball for the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects. Includes a link to a tiny snippet of newsreel footage of the event (sadly not open access).

Flicker Alley > ‘Glass Slides from Early Chaplin Movies’ >> Gorgeous, full-colour digitised lantern slides promoting vintage Charlie.

Fredrik on Film > ‘Theory readings – An introduction’ >> ‘When theoretical texts are discussed or criticised it is usually through the use of another theory, on whether it contradicts or agrees with some other text. But that is not really critical thinking, that is compare and contrast. For me it is when a text is criticised on its own terms, from within, that it becomes interesting and meaningful’ <- My feelings exactly.

Cinema Fanatic > ‘Female Filmmaker Friday: Sedmikrásky (Daisies), 1966 (dir. Věra Chytilová)’ >> Appropriate write-up of Chytilová’s seminal film given the filmmaker’s death last week.

MUBI > ‘Movie Poster of the Week: “Sunshine of Paradise Alley”’ >> Adrian Curry’s poster column is a well-known weekly joy, but this poster I found to be particularly unusual and arresting.

 Observations on film art > ‘Dispatch from another 35mm outpost. With cats.’ >> Residents of Rochester, NY are spoiled for film on film. I braved a cat allergy to visit The Cinema for a few double-bills in 2012 and did not regret it.

National Archives > ‘The information management academy awards’ >> A neat riff on the Oscars.

British Library > ‘The Newsroom’ >> While the British Lbrary’s Newspaper Archive in Colindale was/is an important archival heritage site that will never be replaced, the new Newsroom facility does look pretty spiffy, and it’s nice that so much of the microfilm will be open-access.

Kine Weekly: Alaskan records, access and exhibition of archival film and television, silent cinema selfies, etc.


This was supposed to go out on Friday, but I was having tech issues. Apologies.

MoveOn Petitions > ‘Keep Alaska’s Records in Alaska’ >> Alaskans/Americans interested in disputing the NARA’s decision should sign this.

Hippodrome Festival Of Silent Cinema’s Photos > ‘Oscars Schmoscars, HippFest can do a selfie too’ >> Bo’ness is obviously where to cool kids hang out.

Zotero > ‘Online Access to Audio-Visual Content’ >> The EUscreenXL project has created a library of readings on the topic of access to moving images. I believe members can supplement this bibliography by adding their own citations.

Dr Film > ‘The Religion of Vinegar Syndrome’ >> ‘The belief system of how vinegar syndrome works and affects prints has become unshakeable.  It’s much like a religion, the difference being important: real religion covers matters untestable and unknowable.  Vinegar syndrome is testable and knowable.’

Scope > Issue 26 >> The University of Nottingham’s own open-access peer-reviewed journal of Film and Television Studies boasts a particularly interesting article by Max Sexton on the use of 16mm film in the television industry (PDF).

CST Online > ‘In Memory of Studio Drama: Curating and Presenting the BFI Southbank “Dramatic Spaces” Season’ >> A fascinating piece by Leah Panos, reflecting on her experience co-curating a season of studio-based television plays for the BFI. I was lucky enough to catch one of those screenings when I was last in London.

Moving Image Archive News > ‘The Guilty Pleasure of Wallowing in Quasi-Archives Constructed in Thoroughly Disapproved Ways’ >> Fun blogpost about the subversive delights of accessing archival footage through online ‘anti-archives’ such as Youtube.

Observations on film art > ‘You can go home again, and maybe find an old movie’ >> David Bordwell considers his home town of Penn Yan, NY and presents a history of film exhibition there.

Newcastle University > ‘A History of Women in British Film and Television’ >> A new project drawing on the oral histories collected by the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU).

ATV Today > ‘Bangor “Local TV Station” Dropped >> My research into regional independent television has led me to a greater understanding of how commercial interests and broadcasting infrastructes have influenced exactly which ‘regions’ had a chance to be represented on television. This is a case in point.

BBC News > ‘Five lesser-spotted things Tony Benn gave the UK’ >> As Postmaster-General, Benn has a place in broadcasting and communications history. He was enthused about new technologies, and revelled in the opening of the Post Office Tower in 1966.

Kine Weekly: leading ladies of all kinds, film fashion, the problem with clouds, etc.


It’s almost Oscar time! I will be watching with glasses of Mary Pickford and Ginger Rogers. Here are some links to keep you occupied in the meantime.

Moving Image Archive News > ‘China Girls, Leading Ladies, Actual Women’ >> An in-depth article detailing the history and meta-history of the ‘China Girls/ colour bar “timing control strips”’ that were part of the head leader of film reels and ‘provided certified, dependable guiders for the technicians as they printed film.’ The article covers the technical function of the frames as well as the problematic pictures of women that featured on them.

Northwest Chicago Film Society > ‘China Girls / Leader Ladies’ >> More info about the China Girls, including lots of examples and a handy diagram.

The Guardian Fashion Blog > ‘Funny Face: a film in love with fashion’ >> I love it when resident old film nut Pam does the fashion blog at the Guardian, for it is indeed ‘like taking a trip through fashion history’.

Cosmopolitan > ‘Every Best Actress Oscars dress since 1929’ >> This infographic has been doing the rounds in the run up to the Oscars this weekend. Ginger Rogers always gets my vote.

British Libray Inspired by… blog > ‘Fashion & Film – Sequins, lamé and plunging necklines in American Hustle’ >> What it says on the tin.

Wiped News > ‘Kaleidoscope uncovers lost BBC drama in RNLI vault’ >> After digging through its collection of film cans, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution found that they had a complete recording of the 1959 docudrama Medico that featured one of their lifeboats. The drama in question was believed to have never been recorded in the first place. You can see it at the Kaleidoscope event ‘Missing Believed Wiped in the Midlands’ on 5 April.

Cloud of Data > ‘Can the cloud do “in perpetuity”?’ >> Paul Miller is part of the team that has been contracted by the National Archives to answer this very question.

The National Archives > ‘Cloud storage and archives: a match made in heaven?’ >> More info about the NA’s new project team investigating whether cloud storage can ever be a reliable storage option for archives.

GSA > ‘Artists and Archive: Artist Moving Image at the BBC’ >> Six artists will be making new moving image artworks inspired by the BBC archives.

The British Pathe Archive Blog > ‘British Pathé presents: WW1 – The Definitive Collection’ >>  This being the centenary year of World War One, expect many more links of this nature.

The BBC’s iPlayer currently features The Magic Box, the 1951 film about William Friese-Greene starring Robert Donat, and Of Time And the City, Terence Davies’s documentary of Liverpool made entirely of archival film extracts.

Lastly, watch this short documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop by The Vinyl Factory.

Kine Weekly: RIP Stuart Hall and Shirley Temple, and everything is better as a silent movie…


Because nothing says ‘I love you’ like a bunch of links to do with the history, heritage and preservation of moving images.

Monkey See > ‘The Beatles, As America First Loved Them’ >> It’s been 50 years since The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. This gives me a neat excuse to link to my favourite ever story from This American Life.

Northwest Chicago Film Society > ‘Beacons of Cinema: In Defense of Trailers‘ >> ‘Civilian audiences complain of endless trailers at the movie theater; film collectors always want more. They spend hours splicing together reels and reels of the stuff, hoping to impress audiences with the perfect trailer compilation.’

The National Archives > ‘A-Z of Information Management’ >> ‘Y is for… Yoda. Mix Star Wars and information management and what do you get?’ – simply brilliant.

The Telegraph > ‘Margot Fonteyn lost kiss scene rediscovered’ >> Rediscovered footage from a 1959 BBC broadcast of the ballet Sleeping Beauty has been found and will be screened in March.

Self-Styled Siren > ‘In Memoriam: Shirley Temple, 1928-2014’ >> More obits I liked here and here. I will be breaking out the grenadine and ginger ale.

Silent London > ‘Silent comedy on TV – Inside No 9: A Quiet Night In, and more’ >> I can’t wait to catch-up with this modern day silent comedy.

Of course, everything is better as a silent movie. To prove it, I offer these 3 examples pulled from my Facebook feed in recent days:

Exhibit A. The Onion discusses the original RoboCop

Exhibit B. What if Star Trek was a silent movie?

Exhibit C. An unofficial video for The Divine Comedy’s ‘Napoleon Complex’, compiled from clips of Abel Gance’s Napoleon.

And lastly, like every researcher studying any facet of British media and culture, I owe a debt of gratitude to Stuart Hall, the seminal cultural theorist who sadly died this week. I like this obituary, and I also like this interview he gave to the Guardian a couple of years ago. There is also The Stuart Hall Project, the documentary about his life and work that is now available on DVD.

Kine Weekly: Europeana and moving images forgotten and remembered…


British Library Sound and Vision Blog > ‘Building a jukebox for Europe’ >> The British Library presents their new project, Europeana Sounds, that will ‘double the number of sound tracks that can be discovered through Europeana, improve descriptions for two million sounds, music scores and associated items to make them easier to find, and well create new thematic e-channels on Europeana that bring related objects together in a coordinated way.’

Moving Image Archive News > ‘The Great War in Film and Cultural Memory’ >> More Europeana! MIAN reports on the wealth of moving image material from archives across the European Film Gateway, that have been made accessible through Europeana to mark the centenary of WWI.

Film History in the Making > ‘Petition Filmoteca de Navarra’ >> Please sign this petition in support of the Filmoteca de Nevarra in Pamplona. In these times of austerity, it is crucial that archives do not shut down completely.

MACE > ‘Dr Emma Jay Presents MACE with Archive Service Accreditation Certificate’ >> Congratulations to the Media Archive for Central England, who are the only film archive to be awarded this honour by the National Archives. MACE also hit 2000 Twitter followers this week, so double congrats.

The Kaleidoscope Archive > ’50 Years Ago: How much old television is forgotten?’ >> Billy Smart wonders what the criteria is for calling a television programme truly ‘forgotten’.

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative > ‘Visualizing Southern Television’ >> Not Southern Television the defunct ITV franchise, but television from the southern US states. David Bennet has created a map to show just how much television from the region is represented in the archives – though not necessarily available via digital copy.

CST Online > ‘Eastenders: The Triangles of Albert Square’ >> Jonathan Bignell analyses the compositions in the very first episode of Eastenders, and particularly the ‘pattern of using frontal, often triangular arrangements of characters in a static shot’.

Fast Co Labs > ‘How Digital History Lessons Can “Disrupt” The Way We Think About Time’ >> Chris Wild, AKA the Retronaut, discusses the viral potential of historical images.

MUBI Notebook > ‘The Forgotten: Demi-Monde’ >> David Cairns sells me on  Parisian Love with the words ‘Clara Bow’ and ‘french maid’, as well as the discussion of the film’s subtext.

And lastly, also via David Cairns, here’s Richard Lester’s 1968 advert for Braniff International: ‘There’s no waiting in this supersonic age, and very little walking.’

Kine Weekly: Paramount dumps film, Screen Heritage Innovation Lab, Oscar stuff etc.


Apologies for last week’s absence – Annual Review time and all that. However, I’m back with some news and views from the world of moving image archiving, heritage and history.

UCLA Film & Television Archive > ‘Paramount’s All Digital Distribution’ >> Brilliant piece by Jan-Christopher Horak on the ramifications of the move away from film for exhibitors, preservationists and archivists.

Independent Cinema Office > ‘New Audiences for Screen Heritage – Innovation Lab’ >> ‘We are looking for 25 motivated and imaginative archivists and exhibitors who want to share practices, expertise and specialist skills, who want to look forward, and who want to play a role in designing the Screen Heritage experiences of the future.’

The Official Ray Harryhausen Website > Announcement >> ‘The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation and the National Media Museum regret to announce that plans to lodge the Ray Harryhausen Collection on long term loan at the Museum in Bradford will not now be pursued’

The Sheila Variations > ‘Natan; directed by Paul Duane and David Cairns’ >> My desire to see this documentary about slighted French film pioneer Bernard Natan grows with every write-up. For those of you in London, the next screening is at the Curzon Soho tomorrow!

Transdiffusion > ‘TVTimes (Southern) 17-23 August 1968′ >> The TV Times originally had separate editions for the different regional franchise areas, and finding issues specific to Southern is very hard. Thanks, Transdiffusion!

Spotify > ‘IBA Engineering Announcements music’ >> Also from Transdiffusion, who interrupt your Spotifying with an engineering announcement…

Silent London > ’10 Silents Films with Amazing Colour’ >> Silent London continues its ‘Silents by Numbers’ strand with this fun, informative addition about early hand, tinted/toned and additive coloured films (and even subtractive, in the case of two-colour Technicolor) that also serves as a corrective to those who still operate under the misapprehension that all silent films were black and white.

Denver Silent Film Festival > ‘Mike Mashon, Head of Moving Images for The Library of Congress, to Receive Career Achievement Award from Denver Silent Film Festival’ >> Mashon once complimented me on my choice of wallpaper, he seemed like a nice guy. Well done him!

NY Times > ‘Smut, Refreshed for a New Generation’ >> Preservation for all, people!

Criterion > ‘Mad World Locations, Then and Now’ >> The more things change, the more a great deal of things surprisingly stay the same.

Vulture > ‘A Brief History of Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar Campaign Shenanigans’ >> Apt given that the Academy has just rescinded its nomination for that Alone Yet Not Alone song.

The Guardian > ‘Mark Kermode’s Oscars diet: an Academy Award-winning film a day’ >> What it says on the tin.

MeCCSA > Newsnight De Botton on ‘the news’ >> A lively discussion between Media Studies academics, prompted by Alain de Botton’s appearance on Newsnight.

Lastly, it is soon to be the centenary of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp persona. I’ll be celebrating by watching Kid Auto Races with wine, but y’all can go to this event at the BFI in my stead.

Kine Weekly: 1960s TV tweets, TV conferences, Pre-Code cinema etc.


So apparently there were some award nominations announced yesterday for those newfangled movies. Enough of that, here’s the news in old media land…

Dave Jeffrey’s twitter feed > ‘Now, hopefully it’s clear just how much the site slopes.’ > Dave Jeffrey posts computer renderings of the Westward Television studio building and they are glorious. Also, this man beats me when it comes to niche hobbies.

Conan O’Brien’s twitter feed > ‘Very excited @WBHomeEnt is releasing the Batman ’66 Complete TV Series in 2014!’ >> Conan O’Brien (for it is he) leaks the story of the year for some nerds.

VIEW Journal of European Television History & Culture > ‘Vol 2, No 4 (2013): Hidden Professions of Television’ >> Special edition of the open access journal that features articles about lesser known roles and infrastructures behind television productions of the past. Did I mention free?

University of Warwick > ‘Inheriting British Television: Memories, Archives & Industries’ >> I’m sad that I am double booked and can’t attend this free symposium on TV heritage, memory and permanence at the National Media Museum in Bradford, featuring a great line up of historians and archivists. Did I mention free??

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives > ‘AVPreserve releases Fixity v0.3′ >> ‘Version 0.3 of Fixity, the free fixity monitoring tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download on AVPreserve’s Tools page and via GitHub.’ DID I MENTION FREE???

Just TV > ‘A Few Thoughts on Improving the SCMS Conference’ >> If you are a media scholar who has presented (or tried to present) at the annual conf of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, it is worth reading Jason Mittel’s thorough and provocative recommendations for improvements. Of course, if you’re not a media scholar, this might be as clear as mud.

The Nitrate Diva > ‘From Satanists to Shirley Temple: The Storm of 1934 and the End of the Pre-Code Era’ >> A fun and informative piece about the Hollywood code, and those filmmakers who worked ‘contraband’ thematic material into their movies to escape the censor.

Silent London > ‘The 10 best short films for silent cinema novices’ >> No, really, these are not the recommendations you would expect. I bet you will find more than one title you have yet to see.

The National Archives > ‘Loving it when a plan comes together’ >> ‘Records, trusted and understood, form the cornerstone of a truly open government and the move to digital records and the delivery of digital services requires us to think carefully about the manner in which government stores and maintains its digital content.’

The British Pathe Blog > ‘The Railway Man’ >> In reconition of the new film adaptation of Eric Lomax’s experiences in Burma during WW2, Pathe links to some arresting archival footage from ‘The Railway of Death’.

The New Yorker > ‘Video: A Crossroads for Independent Cinema’ >> Go digital or go dark.

And lastly, sadly, RIP Roger Lloyd Pack.

Kine Weekly: Martin Scorsese’s letter, obituaries, prolific print collectors etc.


The National Archives > ‘Happy Archives Sector New Year!’ >> OK, so accreditation is out of reach for most PhD students and/or archival volunteers (which is a shame as much of today’s archival work is undertaken by students, interns, volunteers and temporary workers), but understanding who we are archiving for and why is something all archivists and archive-adjacent workers can resolve to do.

L’Espresso > ‘Martin Scorsese – A Letter to my Daughter’ >> The Patron Saint of Film Preservation expresses nostalgia and hope in an open letter addressed to his daughter.

Flavorwire > ‘Martin Scorsese Couldn’t Think of One Female Filmmaker to Celebrate in an Open Letter to his Daughter on the Future of Cinema’ >> Must admt this struck me too. To be honest shoehorning in a rundown of a mere few directors seems a poor way to illustrate the sheer volume of great cinema being produced today. The rest of the letter is still lovely, though.

NBC News > ‘Forget 4K TVs – Most Americans still own VCR’ >> Or rather ‘most Americans still haven’t got around to throwing out the VCR machine’, but still…

The Wrap > ‘Academy Sci-Tech Awards to Honor Film Labs’ >> ‘In an unusual and touching gesture that comes at a time when digital is taking over from film, the Academy has voted a special group Oscar statuette to the owners and operators of film laboratories over the past century.’ – Aaaww! I hope they are presented with seven little Oscars.

NPR Monkey See > ‘A Hong Kong Film Titan with a Reach well Beyond his Roots’ >> A not-very-well-known film producer, Run Run Shaw, died this week after a very good innings.

The Self Styled Siren > ‘In Memoriam: Juanita Moore, 1914-2014′ >> The Siren offers an in-depth insight into the life and work of Juanita Moore, another person I should take off my helmet and raise my bat to.

The Daily Grindhouse > ‘In Memory of “Something Weird” Founder Mike Vraney (1957-2014)’ >> Last obituary – RIP to this cult cinema collector (as in collector-of-cult-cinema and cult-collector-of-cinema).

KQED > ‘The Projectionist’ >> Interesting piece on The Small Back Room, a repertory 35mm print cinema converted from the basement of Peter Conheim and stocked with his own prints. Also includes discussion of issues surrounding film preservation such as vinegar syndrome and copyright.

Another prolific film collector: Umit Mesut!

Silent London > ‘Walter Summers at war: “the Service has got into my blood”‘ >> An intimidatingly well-researched and well-written piece about a British film director I knew precisely zilch about until now. I feel lazy.

Also linked from Silent London, here’s Mark Kermode chatting enthusiastically with New Empress Magazine about silent cinema (as he is wont to do). Happy weekend!

Kine Weekly: US National Film Registry, The Console Living Room, Top of the Pops etc.


Happy New Year! For the first time ever since moving out of home, I ended the year 2013 in the same dwelling, in the same city, with the same people I began it. As a result, I’ve felt a little disconnected to the wider world of moving image heritage, preservation and education. So, my new year’s resolution is to read more and learn more and make this here column a more reliable feature on this humble weblog.

Moving Image Archive News > 25 U.S. Films Deemed Essential to Preserve >> MIAN summarises the 25 additions to the Library of Congress’s US National Film Registry.

Internet Archive Blogs > A Second Christmas Morning: The Console Living Room >> ‘In an expansion of the Historical Software Collection, the Internet Archive has opened the Console Living Room, a collection of console video games from the 1970s and 1980s.’

The Guardian > Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: the ‘evil genius’ behind a TV revolution >> Interesting piece on the Netflix boss.

Wired > Old-School 16mm Moviemaking Goes Digital >> Bolex releases a new digital video camera that seeks to emulate its 16mm film cameras, funded by Kickstarter, because this is a thing that people apparently want.

Buffalo News > Downtown Buffalo’s only movie theater may soon go dark >> This is actually a pretty good summation of the complications that often doom cinemas like the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre.

NY Times > Small Theaters in Adirondacks Face Choice in Switch to Digital: Pay or Perish >> More on the expense and logistics of the digital conversion for small cinemas.

Oregon Live > ’Treasures from the UCLA Archive’ film series showcases restored classics >> What it says on the tin, lucky Portlanders!

Digital Cinema Society > Informal Survey Shows 50% of Major Features Acquired on Film >> As the DCS says, this sample is not exactly representative of all major features and is skewed toward lofty award nominees rather than (more digital) blockbusters, but it is a timely reminder that film is far from defunct as a medium for capturing moving images.

Transdiffusion’s Mediablog > 50 Years of Top of the Pops >> New Year’s Day 1964 witnessed the first broadcast of TOTP, though the anniversary has been overshadowed somewhat by Doctor Who celebrations and the ongoing enquiry into Jimmy Savile.

MetaFilter > A Bear Called Paddington, from darkest Peru to TV (and the internet) >> MeFite filthy light thief collates streamed episodes of Paddington, including three longer specials of the 1980s. Pass the marmalade.

MUBI Notebook > Video of the day. New Behind the Scenes Footage of “The Day the Clown Cried” >> ‘Out of all the films that are unfinished, lost, or out of reach of cinephiles, there is none more infamous than Jerry Lewis’ The Day the Clown Cried—which means whenever any tidbits surface, it’s an event.’

Observations on film art > The ten best films of … 1923 >> The annual list of standout films that have reached their century.

Criterion > Happy New Year! >> A cartoon that offers clues to some of Criterion’s upcoming releases.

Also, here’s episode 5 of Keeping Collections’ More Podcast, Less Process, which apparently includes interviews from the 2013 AMIA conference (I haven’t listened yet).

Lastly, a neat wee video about digitising film (I may quibble with the assumption that digitisation actively preserves film, but that’s by the by).