Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Poetry Films from the Vaults

Attention poetry film fans. In celebration of National Poetry month and this year's Common Book (You Are Never Where You Are), the Media Center will screen 3 rare poetry films this Wednesday (April 27) from 11am to 1pm, in Odegaard 220. While being projected in all their deteriorating analog glory, we will simultaneously digitize the films for preservation and access.

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Films include...

Leopold Sedar Senghor (1967 ----- b & w ----- 29 min ----- 16mm)
Introduces Leopold Sedar Senghor, his poetry and the environment that his poems reflect. Discusses his philosophy concerning the blending of the African and the Western cultural traditions. Describes Senghor as the poet laureate and President of the Republic of Senegal and presents, in English, a reading of five of his poems. Held by UW and NYPL.

Tagore (1961 ----- b & w ----- 53 min ----- 16mm)
A documentary-biography of the great Bengali poet, Rabindranth Tagore, made for the centenary of his birth by India's foremost director, Satyajit Ray. Includes news footage, sketches, photos and a dramatization of his early life. Reveals the poet, novelist, philosopher, composer, painter, rebel and educational reformer, one of the great and noble men of this century. Held by UW, UC Berkeley, University of Texas, & Library System of Lancaster County (PA).

W. B. Yeats: A Tribute (1951 ----- b & w ----- 20 min ----- 16mm)
Ireland's greatest poet--his life in Ireland and the inspiration he drew from the Irish landscape. Held by UW, San Francisco State University, Florida International University, State Library of New South Wales, & the National Film and Sound Archive (Australia).

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