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Heidelberg (1968)

16 Mar
Director  Unknown
Producer International Film Bureau
Contributors Gregor Heggen, The University of Bonn, The University of Chicago, Hartmut Steinecke
Length 14
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: A German language teaching film for 2nd year students. Introduces the city of Heidelberg by showing the market place, City Hall, and other section of city
Call # Film Mb170
Genre Instructional
Rare Yes
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Good
Oregon-related No

Notes:

This was German language teaching film that highlighted the city of Heidelberg. It was produced in partnership with The University of Bonn and The University of Chicago. Gregor Heggen was a German man that was teaching at the University of Chicago and Hartmut Steinecke was the Bonn liaison. The credits did not provide any information about the crew that filmed or edited this instructional guide. The shots of the city from the late 1960s are really quite interesting and provide a glimpse into Post WWII Germany, though it had been some years, evidence of recovery can still be seen. The narrator is one of the worst I have heard, incredibly indifferent and lacking in emotion as he presents students and shoppers strolling through historical landmarks of Heidelberg.

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She’s Nobody’s Baby (1981)

16 Mar
Director Ana Carrigan
Producer Ms. Magazine, Ana Carrigan
Contributors Narrators: Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas, editor: Mili Bonsignori
Length 56 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: Uses archival film clips and still photographs to document the changing image of the American woman from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Discusses key historical events which altered the role of women in American society, and shows important feminist leaders of the century
Call # Film Mc309
Genre Television
Rare No
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Good
Oregon-related No

Notes:

This HBO television special won a Peabody Award in 1981, it was interestingly HBO’s first Peabody winner. It was created in partnership with Ms. Magazine, a feminist publication, that at the time was under the direction of Suzanne Braun. Braun helped produce the film and also edited the book that was written on the film. She’s Nobody’s Baby uses a lot of old archival footage and photographs that are very interesting to see.
The director, Ana Carrigan, went on to become a journalist and cinematographer, focusing on human right’s issues in Latin America.

Experimentally produced neurotic behavior in the rat (1938)

16 Mar
Director Adelbert Ford
Producer Psychological Cinema Register of the Pennsylvania State College
Contributors Norman R.F. Maier and Nathan M. Glaser
Length 26
B&W/Color Black & White
UO Library Catalog description: None
Call # Film Ma39
Genre Documentary
Rare Yes
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Poor
Oregon-related No

Notes:

Norman R.F. Maier and Nathan M. Glaser were very interested in the rat. They each spent most of their lives studying and producing books and films on the behavior of rats. Together they published “The Abnormal Rat”, which was the result of this and other experiments. The study depicted in this film won Maier a Newcomb award but also brought an onslaught of controversy. In the study rats are taught a simple task and then once they know it well they would be presented with that same task, but the solution would be gone. The rats would become quite disillusioned and some would even have seizures. Maier suggested that these reactions were evidence of neurotic behavior. The controversy was that it could not be proved that solely that lack of solution triggered the seizures, instead many psychologists pointed to other factors, such as sound, that could have lead to the seizures.

Progressive relaxation training: a clinical demonstration by Dr. Donald T. Shannon (1979)

16 Mar
Director Norman Baxley
Producer Norman Baxley, The Research Press Company
Contributors Editor: Bob Gardner, Narrator: James Hurst.
Length 20
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: This film portrays the nuances of progressive relaxation procedures and provides and discussion of the sixteen muscle groups involved
Call # Film Mb248
Genre Instructional
Rare No
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition Fair
Oregon-related No

Notes:

Progressive Muscle Relaxation started in the 1920s under Edmund Jacobson. His idea was the stress came from tension in the muscles and knowing how to release that tension would result in less stress and anxiety. This film is an incredibly tedious instructional guide for doctors on how to guide a client through muscle relaxation in 16 different parts of the body.
Norman Baxely was an interesting filmmaker that specialized in instructional films like this. The UO catalog has another of his films, Responsible assertion : a model for personal growth . Also from The Research Press Company, it is likely that he had a contract to direct for them.
The authors of the book on which this film was based (Bernstein and Borkovec) are still working as psychologists and professors in the Chicago area.

Fiddle-De-Dee (1947)

16 Mar
Director Norman McLaren
Producer The National Film Board of Canada, International Film Bureau Ltd
Contributors Eugène Desormeaux
Length 4 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: A sparkling visual interpretation of “Listen to the Mockingbird” as played by an old-time fiddler [Eugène Desormeaux]. Painting directly on the film, Norman McLaren translated sound into sight, creating this humorous gambol
Call # Film Ma59
Genre Experimental
Rare No
Online Yes
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition  Poor
Oregon-related  No

Notes:

As the catalog notes, Nomran McLaren did not use a camera to make this film. McLaren was a pioneer in experimental film and used a variety of unconventional techniques when it came to his shorts and animations. Here he draws directly on the film, creating a very interesting menagerie of imagery. McLaren won an Academy Award in 1952 for his short Neighbours , an anti-war film, in which he used pixilation (live action stop motion) and created the soundtrack by scratching at the edge of the film. McLaren’s films have won many awards, all around the world. McLaren was born in Scotland, where he made numerous films while still in school. Later he moved to the Americas where he eventually would sign on as a director for The National Film Board of Canada. It is there that through his abstract techniques that he would become a revered man in the experimental film world.

Dorothea Lange (1965)

15 Feb
Director Richard Moore, Philip Greene
Producer National Educational Television and Radio Center, Indiana University
Contributors Richard Moore, Philip Greene, Robert Katz
Length Each part is 30 minutes
B&W/Color B&W
UO Library Catalog description: Photographs by Dorothea Lange of the Great Depression, World War II, and the contemporary urban sprawl in California.
Call # Mc91
Genre Documentary
Rare Both parts are rare
Online  Part 1 , Part 2
Copyright status Both parts are protected
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  yes

Notes:

The description from the UO Library Catalog is not altogether accurate.
The documentary is technically divided into two parts, which our library overlooks but WorldCat and the six other libraries that own these films do not.
The descriptions from WorldCat are more accurate:
“Part 1: Under the Trees – Pictures Dorothea Lange as she prepares for a one-woman exhibition of her work covering the past fifty years. Discusses her involvement in her work, her philosophy as a photographer, and the reasons and emotions which moved her to photograph particular scenes.”
“Part 2: The Closer to Me – Compares the personality of Dorothea Lange, photographer-artist, with her work. Presents many of her photographs which portray various periods such as the depression, World War II, and the growth of the urban sprawl in contemporary California.”
The description in our catalog most closely matches that of Part 2, but does not include any information on Part 1. WorldCat also gives the second part of the documentary a release year of 1966.

I found information that Philip Greene, Richard Moore and Robert Katz were involved in the making of these documentaries, but it was a little vague. I could not find much on Philip Greene, only that he and Moore paired up often in the 60’s to much documentaries for public television. Moore is a very interesting figure, a poet that was heavily involved in the arts. He made quite a few biographical documentaries. Katz became a semi-known screenwriter and a non-fiction author. These three names showed up but with no attribution to what each one of them did, but assumptions can be made based on their later careers.

Luther Metke at 94 (1979)

15 Feb
Director  Jorge Preloran and Steve Raymen
Producer  U.C.L.A. Ethnographic Film Program and Richard Hawkins
Contributors  Ron Finne (camera) and Einar Moos (editing), distribution; Northwest Cultural Films
Length  27
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  Interweaving Metke’s life, family history, philosophy, folk poetry, and artistry, this film reveals a spirited representative of the woodsman ethic
Call # Film Mc268
Genre  Documentary
Rare  No
Online  No
Copyright status  Protected
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  Yes

Notes:

Luther Metke is an incredible figure in Oregon history. He was the epitome of the ‘woodsman’; living in the forest, making log cabins and generally being very good with an axe. This documentary follows Metke as he builds his last log cabin and explores sides of Luther Metke that most are not familiar with- the poet & the war veteran. The doc won a variety of awards at film festivals and was even nominated for an Academy Award (for Best Documentary Short).

The US government and the UN found interest in the film for it’s use in gerontology (the study of aging). The documentary was shown at the 1981 National Council on the Aging and at the 1982 UN Assembly on the Elderly (held in Vienna).

The film was imprinted and distributed through Northwest Cultural Films, an organization based in Eugene, OR.

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