Silent movies are still the earliest cinematic record of our time—even if they have long been surpassed by more exciting forms of theater. Unfortunately, the Library of Congress has reported that much of that record has been lost to history. Dan Streible, a professor of cinema studies at New York University and founder of The Orphan Film Symposium, joins The Takeaway to discuss the significance of this lost record of silent cinema, and whether the U.S. can recover these pieces of missing history.
Dan Streible, Devin Orgeron, and Marsha Orgeron discuss how educational films, the influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people, reveal 20th century preoccupations and values. Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States is a collection of essays that address the role of educational films inside and outside the classroom.
Dan Streible shared his picks with us after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.