Yale Film Archive

Founded in 1982, the Yale Film Archive, part of Yale University Library, fosters a robust film culture and supports teaching, learning, and research at Yale University through collection,…

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Yale Film Archive seeks alumni home movies

The Yale Film Archive at Sterling Memorial Library is a repository of more than 7,000 feature and documentary films on 16mm and 35mm, in addition to DVD and Blu-ray versions of more than 50,000 films, ranging from early silent classics to twenty-first-century Hollywood blockbusters. But the archive is also home to hundreds of reels of home movies made by university alumni—and Managing Archivist Brian Meacham would like to acquire more. He is extending an open invitation to Yale alumni to…

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Leopold Pospisil was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, in 1923. He was active in the Czech resistance during World War II, and received a law degree from Charles University in Prague, in 1948. He and his wife Zdenka came to the United States in 1949, where he received a degree in sociology at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 1950. They moved New Haven in 1952, where Pospisil entered the anthropology Ph.D. program at Yale. Pospisil received his Ph.D. in 1956,…

In 1966, Yale graduated six black students. By the fall of 1968, more than ten times that number entered as freshmen. Five years later, Ezra Stiles College senior Warrington Hudlin set out to make a film about the experiences of black students at Yale as the culminating project for the prestigious Scholars of the House program. He titled his project BLACK AT YALE: A FILM DIARY, as a nod to his plan to make the film a kind of survey…

Director Mary Ellen Bute’s 1965 film PASSAGES FROM JAMES JOYCE’S FINNEGANS WAKE, called by Time Magazine “as challenging and witty as Joyce’s prose,” was the first feature film adapted from the work of James Joyce (1882-1941). The film was the result of the creative partnership between director Mary Ellen Bute, alumna of the Yale School of Drama, and her husband, cinematographer Ted Nemeth. The film screened at Cannes and at various festivals in the United States, and was distributed by…

Willie Ruff, born in Sheffield, Alabama, in 1931, attended the Yale School of Music as an undergraduate (1953) and graduate student (1954), and returned to Yale to teach in 1971. Ruff taught, performed as half of the Mitchell-Ruff Duo, and made films about the history of music around the world, before retiring in 2017. His film collection is part of the Yale Film Archive. Ruff’s film about the American jazz drummer Tony Williams traveling to Senegal features Super 8mm footage…

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Impasse

Impasse

★★★★

thanks to a collaborative effort between the Academy Film Archive and the Yale Film Archive.

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The inimitable Kathleen Collins's second film tells the story of two remarkable people, married and hurtling toward a crossroads in their lives: Sara Rogers, a Black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest just as her painter husband, Victor, sets off on an exploration of joy. Victor decides to rent a country house away from the city, but the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by his involvement with a younger model. One of the very first fictional features…

“35mm preservation premiere with star Seret Scott and film scholar Nzingha Kendall in person!”

Bottomless poem — the search for ecstasy in a bored world. But Kathleen Collins and Seret Scott never got the “news,” thank God. They speak to me now; the signal’s not perfect.

Nzingha Kendall was in conversation with Seret Scott (!!) following the debut of the new 35mm preservation print in New Haven — sound and colors are somehow even more (rounded, deep, swirling, etc) — and Seret called me a clairvoyant for a specific reason. I won’t say what though: that’s a secret. One mustn’t give away too much.