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Saul Bass was one of America’s premiere graphic designers through the second half of the Twentieth Century. He created some of the best-remembered, most iconic logos in North America:  e.g., the Bell Telephone logo (1969) and the successor AT&T globe (1983), Continental Airlines (1968), Dixie (1969), United Airlines (1974), and Warner Communications (1974).   287 more words

'Taking Movie' Hollywood

This photograph has excited me since I was a young girl. My great-grandfather, a successful businessman, was a traveler and a photographer in his spare time. 115 more words


Nicholas Brothers - Flash! (So You Think You Can Dance?)

The Nicholas Brothers were a famous African American team of dancing brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000). Their highly acrobatic technique (“flash dancing“), demonstrated such a high level of artistry and daring innovations that they were considered by many to be the greatest  218 more words

Film History

Griffithiana: a silent film and classic animation journal

Former University Library staff member Glynne Parker died in October 2011, and after his death his wonderful collection of printed matter and ephemera on film was presented to the Library. 429 more words

Historical Collections

British Pathé is on YouTube

The world’s finest news and entertainment video film archive is now on YouTube!  Since the invention of the moving image in the 1890′s, British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news, for the cinema. 153 more words

Moving Images

Gus & Travis Talk Film: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Our video blog series, Gus & Travis talk film. This week features a discussion about actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

We talk about films such as Almost Famous, Capote, Moneyball, Hard Eight, Owning Mahowny, The Talented Mr. Ripley and more.

Travis Mills

A Timeless Message From Charlie Chaplin

Today marks the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birthday. Countless video clips demonstrate his comic genius, but the enlightened aspect of his soul was never more apparent than in his monologue at the end of “The Great Dictator” which to this day remains one of cinema’s greatest political speeches. 1,091 more words