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Film ProgrammingCurating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives$
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Peter Bosma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174596

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174596.001.0001

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Case Studies

Case Studies

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Film Programming

Peter Bosma

Columbia University Press

This chapter offers two case studies of curating a film programme. The first case study focuses on curating programmes of silent films. The body of work concerned consists of films made in the period between 1895 and roughly 1927, so this raises the question of how these very old films relate to an audience in the twenty-first century. In this case, the task of the film curator is to discover the quality that is not immediately obvious and recognisable. There are silent films that withstand the test of time, and can be enjoyed autonomously, yet are still not widely known. It is one of the privileges of a film curator to highlight these masterpieces of early cinema. The second study explores the curatorial strategy of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, wherein the traditional set-up of presenting film in a cinema hall is deconstructed by means of several loops on multi-screens, offering a totally new viewing experience.

Keywords:   film programme, silent films, early cinema, curatorial strategy, EYE Film Institute Netherlands

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