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Alexander Street Press Expands Its Film Collections

Alexander Street Press expanded its visual arts offerings with the release of two streaming video collections, Silent Film Online and New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present. Both collections are currently for sale in North America.

Silent Film Online is carefully curated by Alexander Street’s editors and Video Advisory Board to include high-quality silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s. These films, which come from many of the industry’s most notable pioneers, provide primary source documentation of foundational techniques in filmmaking and serve as a powerful resource for the study of late 19th- and early 20th-century history, culture, and attitudes.

The globally minded collection includes examples of the silent film movement from Germany, Britain, the Soviet Union, and France, and complements its feature films with a selection of related documentaries. Launching with300 streaming online titles, Silent Film Online will more than double in size before completion.

Nearly 200 full-length feature films and 50 shorts were hand-selected to comprise New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present. The films, all of which appeared at major film festivals, have collectively won more than 1,000 awards and come from leading industry distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and the Global Films Initiative. Featured works include Oscar nominees such as Yôji Yamada’s Twilight Samurai, Tran Anh Hung’s The Scent of Green Papaya, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth, as well as Cannes Grand Prize-winner The Piano Teacher, directed by Michael Haneke.

The titles represent 60 countries and 40 languages, providing a window into a wide range of cultures and sociological issues across the globe. The collection highlights a variety of cinematographic techniques and features works by many of the world’s leading contemporary directors, including Andrei Zvyagintsev, Koji Wakamatsu, Wong Kar-Wai, and Jean-Luc Godard.

Source: Alexander Street Press

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