From the flickering archives: the retro, but now

This kind of links round-up may becoming a fortnightly feature, considering that the resolution ‘blog more’ is underlined twice in the ol’ diary and they are fairly quick and easy to source.

These links feature news, commentary, obituaries and general curiosities pertaining to archive film and television. If you salivate for more of the same, then do look up the Bioscope’s semi-regular newsreels, Classic Movies’ links, Moving Image Archive News and the AMIA listserv. Everything else comes to my attention via Google Reader or Twitter.

Austin PASIG 2012 > Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group >>¬†Your last chance to go to the PASIG tomorrow, who will be discussing issues and tools surrounding digital preservation (I’m an analog gal in a digital world, y’all, and this stuff is important).

Movie Morlocks > The persistence of persistence of vision >> Going back to the basics of recording moving images.

Hollywood Reporter > 60 Seconds of Solitude in the Year Zero >> Adding to the pile of eulogies to 35mm, coinciding with the news that Eastman Kodak may be on the brink of bankruptcy.

Cogo News > Polish pre-war films will be freely available online >> Yes, all of them! Europeana gets decidedly more interesting…

Silent Toronto > The Talkies hit Toronto! >> The ever-informative Eric rounds up posts about the emergence of talking pictures in Toronto cinemas.

Audiovisual Preservation Solutions > Does the discovery of ‘lost’ materials help or harm the archival field? >> Thoughtful reflections on every archivist’s desire to find a missing-presumed-lost film.

Jonathan Rosenbaum > A Few Words on Behalf of Uggie >> Kim Novak’s almost-fair-were-it-not-crazy point was undermined by her equating the use of Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo score in The Artist with rape. Luckily we have Rosenbaum to offer a fairer opinion on this minor controversy, before returning to the far more pressing matter of Uggie the awesome dog.

And lastly, RIP Bob Holness, much loved presenter of ITV’s, er, Blockbusters, and RIP Frederica Sagor Maas, scriptwriter of the silent era who died at the incredible age of eleventy-one.