Deep Cuts, Featured Collections, Secrets from the Ziv File

World of Giants

by Olivia Riley The 1950s saw an explosion in demand for television content, surpassing what live performances and Hollywood film reruns could provide—enter, the “telefilm.” These pre-recorded programs were made specifically for TV, produced and sold by independent companies for distribution by local stations. The Frederick W. Ziv company was a leader in this mid-fifties boom in first-run syndication, producing…

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Deep Cuts, Featured Collections

Emile de Antonio at Orphans Midwest

On Friday, September 27th, Emile de Antonio again found himself in the company of students, experimental artists, marginalized heroes, and non-fiction filmmakers. As part of the 2013 Orphans Midwest Symposium hosted by Indiana University , the WCFTR presented three rarely-seen trailers from the De Antonio Collection: two trailers for Point of Order (one in German) and a trailer for Millhouse…

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Deep Cuts

“Deep Cuts” at WCFTR

Welcome to “Deep Cuts,” an exploration of the one-of-a-kind artifacts and ephemera at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.  This series will reveal the WCFTR’s extensive collections of unique posters, awards, honors, knicks and knacks, and oddities that have found their way to the archives.

Featured Collections

“King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” from The Richard Kaplan Papers

The Richard Kaplan Papers, 1905-2010, document the career of Richard Kaplan, a spirited filmmaker/ producer of documentary and feature films. This extensive collection is home to print and pre-print materials for Mr. Kaplan’s documentary projects, as well as records of his educational films and work for television. The papers of Mr. Kaplan are rich in information concerning the nuts and…

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Backstage Pass

Jean Rosenthal – First Lady of Lighting

“I like to think of myself as some of the Scotch tape that holds things together – I’m very handy to have around.  But all that actors really need is a bare stage.  Lighting is just one of the luxuries of the theater.” – Jean Rosenthal

The Lumberjack
Archive Events

The Lumberjack in Wausau…100 Years Later

The Lumberjack, one of the oldest films shot in Wisconsin that still exists in its original, complete form, once again lit up the big screen on October 25th in Wausau, Wisconsin, the city where it was conceived, shot, edited, and premiered 100 years ago. Produced by an itinerant film company out of Omaha, Nebraska and cast with Wausau locals, the short silent two-reeler…

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Archive Events

Madison Home Movie Day 2014

On Saturday, October 18 the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research helped organize Home Movie Day Madison at the Pinney Library.  We had great assistance from our partners at the Pinney Library and Holder Printworks, as well as our volunteer crew from the UW-Madison SLIS Archives program! We had an intimate but lively event after a few year’s absence…

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Deep Cuts

Ingrid Bergman skiing as Joan of Arc

In 1948, Ingrid Bergman starred in the film Joan of Arc which was produced by Walter Wanger. This caricature, of Bergman skiing as Joan of Arc, was a gift to Wanger. The inscription reads: “If I wear my legs to my knees, I must ski – Greetings to Walter! Ingrid” The caption at the bottom reads: “It’s beyond me how…

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Backstage Pass, Featured Collections

The Diary of Anne Frank

by Mary Huelsbeck While in Amsterdam last week for the Orphans Symposium, I had the chance to visit the Anne Frank House and Museum. Words cannot really describe the experience of visiting the house and seeing firsthand where Anne, her family, and four others hid from the Nazis during World War II.

Deep Cuts

Spencer Tracy in Wisconsin

Spencer Tracy in Wisconsin by Kathleen Kosiec While refiling at WCFTR one afternoon, I noticed an interesting set of photographs in the Spencer Tracy name file. Unlike many of the other publicity and film images in the rest of the collection, these photographs weren’t from the set of a classic film, but instead capture Tracy as a young college student…

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