Wednesday, February 15, 2012

THE LIBRARY LOVER: CINEFILES ON RUIZ

Not only has the Pacific Film Archive (PFA) organized "The Library Lover: The Films of Raúl Ruiz", but they have gathered numerous archival materials located within their online depository CineFiles. Per their website, in 1996, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, PFA initiated the CineFiles project to index and digitize materials from its documentation collection and make them freely available, with copyright holders' permissions, on the Internet.

Types of documents available on CineFiles include film reviews, interviews, popular and scholarly articles, publicity materials, program notes, book excerpts, pamphlets, filmmakers' texts and correspondence, and many other rare archival documents dating from the early 1900s to the present. Grant support has enabled the PFA Library to prioritize the indexing and scanning of documents on the films of more than 150 major international directors, materials describing silent Soviet cinema, and PFA's unique collection of exhibitor manuals.

The CineFiles film document image database now holds more than 50,000 documents on film history. In-depth indexing is available on the Web for most documents, and page images or links are freely available for over 90% of them. Page images for all documents can be viewed on site at the PFA Library or e-mailed on request. Contact the PFA Library at cinefiles@berkeley.edu for more information or if you are interested in seeing a title or director not currently represented within CineFiles. If they have any materials related to your interest in their files, they will prioritize the indexing and scanning of those documents.

Sweet, huh? Let's give it a spin with some of the titles in the Ruiz retrospective.


There are 12 entries under this title (some duplicative of previous titles and all in PDF), including:

1) Ian Christie's
Rouge essay;

2) Program notes from the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival (per Ian Christie); and

3) Adrian Martin's Australian Film Institute publication
The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz (1993).


There are 11 entries under this title (some duplicative of previous titles and all in PDF), including:

1) Ian Christie's
Rouge essay; and

2) A program note from the San Francisco Cinematheque and Richard Peña's capsule for PFA.


There are 11 entries under this title (some duplicative of previous titles and all in PDF), including:

1) Program note from the Edinburgh Film Festival, a PFA note, and Richard Peña and Jordi Torrent's program notes for
Exit Art; and

2) Richard Roud's review for
Sight and Sound (1988 Winter).


There are 17 entries under this title (all in PDF), including:

1) Thomas Elsaesser's
Rouge essay;

2) Program note from the Edinburgh Film Festival and Richard Peña's PFA capsule;

3) Coralie Films International Zanzibar press kit, which includes some of Ruiz's notes excerpted from
Camera Je (May 1979), translated from the French, plus an essay by Jean-Paul Sarré;

4) Ian Christie's interview with Ruiz for
Monthly Film Bulletin (December 1984), as well as his filmography and article "Snakes and Ladders: Television Games" for Afterimage (Fall 1981);

5) Numerous reviews, some available only on request. Those immediately available include Amy Taubin's review for
The Village Voice (November 17, 1987), Dave Kehr's review for The Chicago Reader (April 6, 1984), Gilbert Adair's piece for Sight and Sound (Winter 1981), Gene Moskowitz's review for Variety (March 7, 1979), and Joe Leydon's review for The Houston Post.


There are 8 entries under this title (some duplicative of previous titles and all in PDF), including:

1) Adrian Martin's
Rouge essay;

2) Reiner Moritz Associates press kit;

3) A shot analysis;

4) Steve Seid's program note for the San Francisco International Film Festival; and

5) An article for the Royal Academy of Arts and La Republica's review.


There are 16 entries under this title (all in PDF), including:

1) Adrian Martin's
Rouge essay;

2) Program notes from the Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival (per M. Gould), and the Cannes Film Festival;

3) New Yorker Films press kit, which includes an interview with Ruiz, and their publicity flyer;

4) Numerous reviews, some available only on request. Those immediately available include Jonathan Rosenbaum's review for
The Chicago Reader (February 28, 1997) and Deborah Young's for Variety (May 27, 1996).


There are 30 entries under this title (all in PDF), including:

1) Cyril Béghin's
Rouge essay;

2) Program notes from the Film Society at Lincoln Center, the Cinematheque Ontario (per James Quandt), the Cannes Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival (per Dave Kehr), the Festival International du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, and the New York Film Festival;

3) Two press kits, the first of which includes interviews with both Ruiz and Gilles Taurand (plus several 1999 newsclippings) and the second—Kino International's, when they picked up the film's distribution—which includes the essay "The Destruction of a Man and the Construction of a Book" by Jean-Yves Tadie, the aforementioned interview with Ruiz, and several newsclippings. It's also a sweet touch to notice that Karen Larsen and Larsen Associates were the Bay Area's publicist for the film at the time. Also from Kino International are publicity flyers one and two tracking the film's boxoffice numbers, plus distributor materials; and, finally

4) Numerous reviews, some available only on request. Those immediately available include Jonathan Rosenbaum's review for
The Chicago Reader (July 21, 2000); Kevin Thomas for The Los Angeles Times (July 14, 2000); Edward E. Crouse for the San Francisco Bay Guardian (July 12, 2000); Keith Reader for Sight and Sound (January 2000); J. Hoberman for The Village Voice (June 20, 2000); Stephen McGill for Time Out New York (June 15, 2000); and David Rooney for Variety (May 24, 1999).

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