Subject Source: Local sourcesScope Note: Distinguishes audiovisual material in the Library that are part of the 1987 Cataloged Film Collection created under the direction of Nina Root.
Found in 292 Collections and/or Records:
Identifier: Film Collection no. 54
Scope and Contents This program presents a film produced in the Soviet Union as propaganda celebrating the "hive." Host Charles Collingwood first looks at the film without its soundtrack, as a natural history film, and then comments on its use as a propaganda film. Viewed from a historical perspective, the McCarthy era and Cold War mentality of Americans is evident and provides an interesting angle to the subject at hand. Soviet scientists produced a beautifully photographed film on the life of a bee in a hive,...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 29
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Behavior of Bees. Bees are examined in the first segment of this program. Theodore C. Schneirla, AMNH entomologist, discusses their behavior, including the dances bees perform which give food location information to other members of the hive. Dances of the Bees, by Wilner Film and Slides, is shown. SEGMENT 2: The Legend of Colonel P. H. Fawcett. The mysterious disappearance in 1925 of Colonel P. H. Fawcett is the next topic of discussion. Fawcett was searching for a lost city in the...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 121
Scope and Contents The noted anthropologist Luc de Heusch recorded various rites of the Hamba tribe of the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) for this program. Celebration of the Hamba, the English title of de Heusch's film, documents the ritual of the "leopardmen," the initiation of young men into the ranks of the warriors, some festivals, and the ceremony of a native divorce. Body painting, dancing, costumes, music, and feasts are depicted in detail. Harry Tschopik, curator of ethnology at the AMNH, was a consultant for...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 13
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Bennett-Bird Bolivia Expedition to Bolivia and Peru, 1933-1934. Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites are the main focus of this film photographed by Junius Bouton Bird, then AMNH assistant field archaeologist. Extensive views of Tiahuanaco, and scenes of Pachacamac, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacsahuaman, Kendo, Puca Pucara, Tambo Machay, Lucurmata, and Chiripa are included. In Pachacamac, AMNH assistant curator of anthropology and expedition leader Wendell C. Bennett...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 14
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Bernheim-Conant Expedition to northern Africa, 1953-1954. This film is a good overall record of an expedition which covered 16,000 miles in northern Africa, showing Moslem architecture and the great variations in people and terrain of the region. Given the size of the Sahara Desert (roughly the size of the continental United States) and the people inhabiting it, attention is not focused on any one group. The expedition film was made partially due to the urging of Harry L....
Identifier: Film Collection no. 15
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Munroe-Clark-Smith Expedition to Hainan, 1937. This film was made by Jack Munroe, a friend of AMNH President Trubee Davison. Munroe asked Davison for official introductions, but the AMNH was not otherwise involved in the expedition. The film opens with a caption explaining that the pictures are the first ever taken of the Loi (i.e. Li) people of Hainan. A map of Hainan, an island in the South China Sea off the south coast of Kuangtung Province, follows and the expedition staff...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 217
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Morden Expedition to Africa and Asia, 1922-1924. With panoramic vistas of the Himalayas in the background, Beyond the Vale of Kashmir begins as the expedition travels through western Tibet. Cinematographer Herford Tynes Cowling filmed portraits of Tibetan people and their activities such as making flour from grain stalks. The expedition goes to the village of Mulbik, where they visit a colossal sculpture of a four-armed god carved into a mountain wall. At Srinagar, on the...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 133
Scope and Contents Big Cats is the title of this program broadcast live from the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park). Richard Mandel, the mammal curator at the zoo, is the guest. The program shows viewers how tigers, jaguars and leopards live in captivity. Film footage showing the captures of these big cats augment the discussion. Mountain lions found in the U.S. are seen being captured with the help of dogs. Films provided by the Missouri Conservation Commission and Twentieth Century Fox include an...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 234
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. William L. Finley and Arthur N. Pack both contributed footage of large mammals to this film. This film presents little animal behavior information, but it serves as a portrait of some large North American mammals. A variety of North American mammal species are represented: pronghorn antelope, mountain sheep, caribou, buffaloes, moose, mule deer (adult and calf), black and grizzly bears (adults and cubs). Tourists at Yellowstone...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 202
Scope and Contents The Lerner Marine Laboratory, on Bimini in the Bahamas, was established in the same year this film was made, 1948, and given to the museum by Michael Lerner. The film opens with travelogue material: markets, streets, traffic policemen, adults and children, before it moves to the research center, with views of the grounds of the center, Lerner's yacht, the Playmate, and Helen Lerner, Lerner's wife, fishing from a skiff. At the laboratory, Lerner, William King Gregory, AMNH vertebrate...