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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

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The Epitome of the Truthful and Infallible Eye Witness: Reflection on the History of Film Preservation

The twentieth century was the century of the motion picture. Since the moment when cinema was invented at the end of the 19th century, it proceeded to emblematize the most compelling and influential manifestations of art, popular culture, and mass media. An incredible number of today's films has been and still is evidence of an ongoing evolution in which distinctive works of historical and artistic significance have been created. These cinematic works serve as visual memory, which establishes an apparatus for our cultural heritage and are worth preserving for the audiences of today as well as the future. Everyting that the motion picture camera has recorded provides a testimony of the present state of affairs, and tomorrow it will epitomize development. At the same time, that progress has a rich and fascinating history itself. To gain a full nature of this history, the goal of this paper aims to further explore three technological innovations - cellulose nitrate, cellulose triacetate, and polyester - and the degree of influence they had on the direction and schema of film preservation practices.

Presenter: Malwina Buldys (Rochester Institute of Technology) -- mab7440@rit.edu
Topic: Technology - Panel
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 3:55 pm (Session IV)

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