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Film Collection

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope 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:

Dance forms around the world

Identifier: Film Collection no. 91
Scope and Contents A comparative study of dance forms around the world is examined in this program by Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, and the dance critic of the New York Herald Tribune, Walter Terry. A special feature of the program includes a performance by the John Butler dancers demonstrating the basic movements and gestures of representative dances from around the world. Charles Collingwood discusses the basic differences in dance technques with Terry and Shapiro. In India, Bali, Thailand, and...
Dates: 1955

Danses de Dogons, de Sanga, et de Bandiagara

Identifier: Film Collection no. 168
Scope and Contents Given to the museum by the estate of Anne Morgan, J. P. Morgan's youngest child, this is probably one of several French Government films she owned, as she had worked extensively with the French Government during World War I. The dances of the Dogon escarpments of Sanga and Bandiagara in Mali are the focus of this film. Three distinctive dances are highlighted and the costumes and masks worn in these dances are clearly seen. First, a simple dance is performed by women clothed in bandanas,...
Dates: [192- ]1930

Danses des Cambodgiennes

Identifier: Film Collection no. 169
Scope and Contents This film was given to the AMNH by the estate of Anne Morgan, J. P. Morgan's youngest child. This is probably one of several French Government films which she owned. In this film, the Royal Cambodian Ballet performs a traditional dance on an elaborate covered patio. With articulated fingers and hyper-extended elbows, the female dancers create postures said to be similar to stone-relief sculptures on the walls of Angkor Wat. The dancers wear silk costumes, which they have been sewn into (a...
Dates: [1930?]

Darwin's voyage

Identifier: Film Collection no. 97
Scope and Contents Edwin Harris Colbert, AMNH curator of fossil reptiles and amphibians, is interviewed for this broadcast concerning Charles Darwin's five year voyage around the world on the H.M.S. Beagle. Darwin's revolutionary theories on evolution and survival of the fittest were largely formulated during this voyage. Only 22 years old at the time, Darwin was the naturalist commissioned to make geographic and navigational surveys for the British Navy. His theories on the process of adaptation and natural...
Dates: 1955

Dead birds

Identifier: Film Collection no. 172
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Harvard-Peabody New Guinea Expedition to the Baliem Valley of Dutch New Guinea (now Irian Jaya), 1961. This film chronicles the two seasons the expedition spent with the Dugum Dani (i.e. Dani) in the Kurelu area of the Baliem Valley, Dutch New Guinea (now Irian Jaya, Indonesia). Its purpose was to record the Kurelu wars, rituals, and daily life, and show a people trapped in an avenge-reprisal system. The scientists on the expedition were Karl G. Heider, Jim Brockhuyse and...
Dates: 1962


Identifier: Film Collection no. 136
Scope and Contents Charles Collingwood explores the world of deafness in this program. In conjunction with a trained audiologist from the New York Lexington School for the Deaf, an electrical set-up enables Collingwood's voice to be filtered out and demonstrates the tones that are lost when deafness begins. The "sounds of deafness" are carefully simulated in this program, which enables the viewers to understand the difficulties that occur when one cannot hear or speak well. Thursday's Children, an Academy...
Dates: 1956

Digging fossils in South Dakota

Identifier: Film Collection no. 173
Scope and Contents Filmed during AMNH excavations in the Big Badlands of South Dakota, 1941. This film made by Charles Coles, AMNH photographer, records the paleontological work done in the Badlands of South Dakota by AMNH paleontologists Edwin H. Colbert, Albert Thomson, and Walter Granger. (Granger is seen here for the last time and the expedition was cut short by his sudden death from a heart attack.) As the Badlands National Park allowed only rudimentary excavations, the paleontologists were restricted in...
Dates: 1941


Identifier: Film Collection no. 39
Scope and Contents Located in the bush country of Dutch Guiana (now Surinam), the Djuka civilization and its history are examined in this broadcast. Originally African slaves, the Djuka people defeated their Dutch masters in an open rebellion in the early part of the eighteenth century. Charles Collingwood, the host of the program, discusses the art and history of the Djuka civilization with Morton Kahn, professor of public health at Cornell University's Medical School, and leader of the AMNH's expedition into...
Dates: 1953

DNA and living cells

Identifier: Film Collection no. 174
Scope and Contents The first part of DNA and Living Cells discusses, through animated modules, how DNA and RNA direct the synthesis of certain proteins that are vital for proper cell function. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is made up of nucleotides. A large number of nucleotides are attached together, in single file, to form a long strand. Two parallel strands linked together by base-pairing, are coiled together into a double helix. DNA occurs in the nucleus of the cell as a constituent of chromosomes, where...
Dates: 1964

Dogon mask

Identifier: Film Collection no. 175
Scope and Contents This film is part of the travelling exhibition entitled "Contemporary African Arts," which was mounted by the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago and shown at the AMNH in 1974. A group of Dogons dance against the background formed by the wattle-and-daub pueblo-style buildings of their village in Mali. The dancers wear vegetable fiber skirts, stained red with dye extracted from hibiscus leaves, and traditional carved wooden kanaga masks embellished with cowrie shells and topped with a...
Dates: [1974?]