Jared Case's blog
TCM's Robert Osborne, left, with Eastman House's Jared Case, who is in Hollywood this week at the TCM Classic Film Fest.
In this last of the blogs focusing on the films that are being broadcast on Turner Classic Movies 'Tribute to George Eastman House' (all day today!), I’m highlighting the films made in the middle of the Twentieth Century. George Eastman House’s collections are packed with great silent films, and films from the early studio era, but the selection is broader than that. These last four films hint at the important work from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s that still needs preservation.
There are 15 films being presented by Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, December 14. All of them come from the archives of the George Eastman House--- a result of decades of acquisition, conservation and preservation. For this blog entry, I am highlighting the ‘30s films being shown that day.
I’ve been taking a little time to write about all the films being broadcast on Turner Classic Movies 'Tribute to George Eastman House on December 14, and wanted to continue with the films that come from the very interesting period of transition from silent to sound, 1929-1931.
The films featured on Turner Classic Movies' Tribute to George Eastman House (December 14) span nearly fifty years, from the Teens to the Sixties, illustrating just how diverse the motion picture collections are at the museum. Our preservation efforts have been ongoing nearly since we opened, starting with BEN-HUR in 1950 and continuing today.
I’ve been at the museum for 11 years now, first as an intern, then as a student at Eastman House’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. I was hired as a curatorial assistant and then moved into the position of cataloger for the Motion Picture Department.
My wife hates it when I talk in terms of fractions, but it’s been more than one-quarter of my life spent here at Eastman House, and the thing that attracted me, inspired me and drives me to this day is the wonderful film preservation program that we all play a daily part in.