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    NFPB Study Reveals Staggering Loss of Early Silent Films

    Having just released “The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929," a comprehensive survey of the silent era of motion pictures that began a century ago, the Library of Congress reveals that a startling amount of early silent films have become quite literally a thing of the past.

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    A New Online Compendium Provides Evidence of the Many Women Who Worked in Film in Its Silent Era

    Columbia University Libraries' newly launched Women Film Pioneers Project is a compendium of film resources and material seeking to reverse the historical fallacy that the film production process is and always has been male-dominated.

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    Film History Nerds Rejoice! Old Film Journals and Mags Now Searchable for Everyone

    Film history nerds (students and scholars surely among them), it's time to get it excited. The holdings of The Media History Digital Library are now able to be searched thanks to a project called Lantern.

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    When is It Okay to Get a Refund at the Movies?

    Every once in a while this kind of story pops up for people to laugh or tweet the words "face palm" about: a moviegoer sees a film that wasn't what they expected, and they want their money back. Sometimes, as in the case of a woman who thought "Drive" was going to be like &qu...

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "War Horse" Watch "The Battle of the Somme"

    Two Doc Option columns in the same week? Hey, if Steven Spielberg can release two movies back to back, it's only fair that I get to provide alternatives for both. So yeah, here's another Doc Option for you:

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    Short Starts: Watch Steven Spielberg's 1968 Calling Card, "Amblin'"

    Have you ever wondered where Steven Spielberg got the name for his production company, Amblin Entertainment? It comes from the filmmaker's first commercially released film, a 35mm short from 1968 titled "Amblin'." As it turns out, yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of its debut.

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Chipwrecked" Watch "Chumming With Chipmunks"

    I know, you're so excited about the new "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel, "Chipwrecked," but the theaters are going to be packed with obnoxious children all weekend so why not wait a bit? In the meantime, I have another Doc Option for you.

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    Short Starts: Watch 5 Early "Sherlock Holmes" Films (Plus Muppets)

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a few early "Sherlock Holmes" films in anticipation of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens this Friday.

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    Oscars for Animals? Rise of the Uggie the Dog and Andy Serkis Campaigns

    Continuing both my story on the great animal characters of 2011 and my story from August on Andy Serkis's Academy Award chances/worthiness, yesterday I wrote a Conversation roundup piece about the growing fan-based campaign for Uggie, the dog from "The Artist," and Fox's offic...

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    One Little Problem with "Hugo" (Spoilers)

    Let me start off by saying that I love Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." It's the perfect blend of "Amelie" and "The Sandlot" and "Cinema Paradiso" and the spirits of Charles Dickens and Jules Verne and of course the works of George Méliès and th...

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