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Lady in the dark : Iris Barry and the art of film

Author: Robert Sitton
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Iris Barry (1895?1969) was one of the first critics to recognize film as an art form. The mother of film preservation internationally, she founded the film department at New York City's Museum of Modern Art and became its first curator, cementing film's critical legitimacy. Drawing on letters, memorabilia, and other documentary sources, Robert Sitton reconstructs Barry's remarkable life and work, sharing the story  Read more...
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Sitton, Robert.
Lady in the dark
(DLC) 2013044123
(OCoLC)861211096
Named Person: Iris Barry; Iris Barry; Iris Barry; Iris Barry
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Sitton
ISBN: 9780231537148 023153714X
OCLC Number: 872553976
Awards: Winner of PROSE Awards in Biography & Autobiography 2017
Commended for One of PopMatters's Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction 2014
Commended for One of The Huffington Post's Best Film Books of 2014 2014
Short-listed for Oregon Book Awards for the Frances Fuller Victor Award in General Nonfiction 2017
Long-listed for Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for Best Moving Image Book 2015
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Early years --
"We enjoyed the war" --
"Dear Miss Barry" --
The other Bloomsbury --
Life with Lewis --
Children --
Alan Porter --
The spectator --
Splashing into film society --
Cinema paragons, Hollywood and Lady Mary --
Let's go to the pictures --
Victory and defeat --
America --
The Askew Salon --
Museum men --
Remarriage --
Settling in --
Cracking Hollywood --
Art high and low --
On to Europe --
Going public --
The slow martyrdom of Alfred Barr --
Meanwhile, back at the library --
New work, old acquaintances --
"The master" and his minions --
Temora Farm --
The museum enlists --
Mr. Rockefeller's office --
L'affair Bunuel --
The other library --
Divorce --
Postwar blues --
Abbott's fall --
Hospital --
Departure --
La Bonne Font --
Things past --
The Austin house --
Readjustments --
New York and London --
Final breaks --
The end.
Responsibility: Robert Sitton.

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Iris Barry (1895?1969) was one of the first critics to recognize film as an art form. The mother of film preservation internationally, she founded the film department at New York City's Museum of Modern Art and became its first curator, cementing film's critical legitimacy. Drawing on letters, memorabilia, and other documentary sources, Robert Sitton reconstructs Barry's remarkable life and work, sharing the story of a thoroughly modern muse and mentor to some of the most influential artists of her day. Although she had the bearing of a British aristocrat, Barry was the self-educated daughter.

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