Scott Simmon, "Reform, Religion, Sex, and Society: The Political Power of the First American Movies"

Scott Simmon, “Reform, Religion, Sex, and Society: The Political Power of the First American Movies”


Scott Simmon, “Reform, Religion, Sex, and Society: The Political Power of the First American Movies”

Posted: Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
Listed in: DHI Co-Sponsored Event

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Multipurpose Room of the TechnoCultural Studies Building (former Art Annex)

“Reform, Religion, Sex, and Society: The Political Power of the First American Movies” a talk with film clips by Scott Simmon.

Prohibition, abortion, unions, atheism, the vote for women, terrorism, organized crime, loan sharking, juvenile justice, homelessness, police corruption, immigration ‹ in their first decades, the movies brought an astonishing range of issues to the screen.

Scott Simmon will illuminate this era with selections from the new 12-hour, 48-film DVD set which he curated, Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934, produced by the nonprofit National Film Preservation Foundation. Called by Film Comment, “a giant step in the true movie-pilgrim’s progress,” Treasures III was listed among the “Top Ten DVDs of 2007” by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time magazine.

Scott Simmon, Professor of English at UC Davis, works at the intersection of film scholarship, archiving, and access. He is curator of the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Treasures from American Film Archives DVD series, the third volume of which was released in October 2007. His book The Invention of the Western Film received the Theatre Library Association Award for 2003, given each year to “best English-language book about motion pictures, television, or radio.” He is also author of The Films of D.W. Griffith, coauthor of Film Preservation 1993, Redefining Film Preservation, and King Vidor, American.

A reception will follow the talk.

This event is sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute and the Film Studies Program

For more information please contact Jennifer E. Langdon <jlangdon at ucdavis>


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