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on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:15

Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky on December 9, 1916 the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Kirk Douglas went on to become a Hollywood legend and philanthropist. His career began on the stage and after service in the U.S.

on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 14:50

The exhibitor book announced some of the films each studio was going to release in the upcoming year as well as films that were planned or in production. Sometimes, between the time the film was announced and when it was actually released, the title or even the star of the film would change. Many times, the studio would skip the specifics and just say a particular star or director would be releasing two films in the upcoming year. Exhibitor books often featured dazzling illustrations or photographs by some of the top artists in the film industry.

on Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:41

The oldest material at the WCFTR comes from the world of the theater. The Center has some marvelous posters for theater productions and shows dating back to around 1860. Posters helped entice people to buy a ticket for the latest comedy or melodrama and sometimes the action on the poster matched the action on the stage. The 1899 production of Ben-Hur at the Broadway Theatre included the famous chariot race with a rotating backdrop and horses running on treadmills built into the stage.

on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:59

And the Emmy goes to….

Jeff Smith
on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:57

A modest abbreviation, “DDE,” sits at the top of the page. Note the “no-nonsense” quality of the text: a simple thank you note to Robert M.

on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:21

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research is celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2020! Over the course of the next year, we will be highlighting 60 items or collections from the archives that will show what makes the WCFTR a research destination for scholars from all over the world. We can’t wait to share with you a few of the treasures we get to see all the time from the worlds of film, television, and theater. Check our website or Facebook page to see the items and stay tuned for “extras” like special videos and podcast episodes focusing on WCFTR donors and collections.

on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:40

Throughout the spring and fall of 2018, the WCFTR's film and video collections are moving from the basement of the Wisconsin Historical Society to a new, state-of-the-art climate controlled storage facility on the east side of Madison.

on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:44

The WCFTR has received a grant of over $94,000 in support of the restoration of THE JUNIPER TREE (1990), an ethereal and visionary psychological horror film adapted from the Grimm Brothers fairy tale by American director and former UW-Madison Communica

on Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:06

The WCFTR has received a grant of $28,239.60 to digitize 1,152 dictabelts in the Rod Serling collection.

on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:52
Collage of images from La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

WCFTR partners with La MaMa and Bay Area Video Coalition on NHPRC grant funded project “Expanding Access to the Videotaped Record of 1970s-Era Experimental Theatre.”

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