Public Lec­tures in Film Stud­ies

The Palazzo Fal­son ex­hi­bi­tion is now open

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Wed­nes­day 7 De­cem­ber,

The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether two hun­dred snuff boxes and re­lated arte­facts, sourced from museum, ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal and never-seen-be­fore pri­vate col­lec­tions in a show that charts the his­tory of the snuff box from the most stun­ning ex­am­ples to the va­ri­ety of boxes that were cre­ated to hold the once pre­cious pow­der, snuff.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open daily at Palazzo Fal­son His­toric House Museum, Vil­le­gaignon Street, Md­ina from Tues­day to Sun­day, 10am till 430pm un­til 26th Fe­bru­ary. En­trance to the ex­hi­bi­tion is free of charge.

An il­lus­trated cat­a­logue and a full pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties ac­com­pany the ex­hi­bi­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing events re­lat­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion please visit www.palaz­zo­fal­ Pro­fes­sor Ian Christie will be de­liv­er­ing the fol­low­ing lec­tures within the MA in ‘Film Stud­ies’ of­fered through the Fac­ulty of Arts with the sup­port of the Min­istry for Tourism and the Malta Film Com­mis­sion.

From glasshouses to the dream fac­tory: a short his­tory of set de­sign

Tues­day 6 De­cem­ber, 5pm7pm, Fac­ulty of Arts Li­brary, Old Hu­man­i­ties Build­ing.

From the ear­li­est film sets up to the ma­jor stylised sets of the 20s and 30s, and the cre­ation of fan­tas­tic worlds in the 40s.

‘Cre­at­ing the Talkies: what synch sound made pos­si­ble in the 30s and 40s.’

5pm7pm, LC 119, Dun Mikiel Xerri Lec­ture Cen­tre.

When Warn­ers in­tro­duced syn­chro­nised sound films in the late 20s, they had lit­tle idea what it would be used for, apart from mu­si­cal num­bers. But the 30s and 40s saw a pro­fu­sion of new gen­res that com­bined sound and image in very dif­fer­ent ways.

Sets and set­tings: rep­re­sent­ing Lon­don on screen

Fri­day 9 De­cem­ber, 5pm-7pm, Fac­ulty of Arts Li­brary, Old Hu­man­i­ties Build­ing

Film­ing in all large cities poses prac­ti­cal prob­lems, so Lon­don-set films have tended to com­bine el­e­ments of lo­ca­tion and built sets, cre­at­ing a va­ri­ety of 'cin­e­matic Lon­dons.'

The public is cor­dially in­vited to Prof Christie’s lec­tures.


Ian Christie is a film his­to­rian, cu­ra­tor, broad­caster and con­sul­tant, and has been An­niver­sary Pro­fes­sor of Film and Me­dia His­tory at Bir­beck Col­lege, Univer­sity of Lon­don, since 1999.

He has writ­ten and edited books on early cinema, Rus­sian cinema, Michael Pow­ell and Emeric Press­burger, Martin Scors­ese, and Terry Gil­liam and has worked on ex­hi­bi­tions rang­ing from Twi­light of the Tsars (Hay­ward, 1991) to Modernism: De­sign­ing a New World (V&A, 2006).

He leads an an­nual work­shop for the mem­bers of Europa Cin­e­mas at the Bologna Cinema Ritrovato Fes­ti­val, where the link be­tween the 'old' ex­pe­ri­ence of cinema with con­tem­po­rary cul­ture and es­pe­cially e-me­dia is dis­cussed. He cur­rently serves on the UK Screen Her­itage Pro­gramme Board and is also an ad­viser to the Lon­don Film Museum.

Ian Christie’s cur­rent re­search in­ter­ests in­clude the his­tory of pro­duc­tion de­sign, early and new op­ti­cal me­dia, the cul­tural im­pact of film in the dig­i­tal era, and the po­ten­tial of ex­per­i­men­tal psy­chol­ogy and cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science to help us fur­ther un­der­stand the viewer’s ex­pe­ri­ence on screen.

Some of his re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude ‘The Art of Film: John Box and Pro­duc­tion De­sign’ which is a book based on in­ter­views with John Box. Other pub­li­ca­tions in­clude an es­say on the role of an­cient-world epics in de­vel­op­ing cinema’s new cen­tral­ity in early 20th cen­tury en­ter­tain­ment, for a col­lec­tion edited by Maria Wyke and Pan­telis Michelakis on ‘The An­cient World in Silent Cinema.’

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