Birefringence in a film of polyethylene
The colours in the image are the result of birefringence and relate to the residual stress in the film. The colour is generally uniform (with some contrast where an additional thickness of film exists or where wrinkling has resulted in a different apparent thickness). This is indicative of both a uniform film thickness and of the uniformity of the drawing process used to make the film. In the region of the tear, however, the colours indicate strain-induced orientation: because the material is ab
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Accompanying Information on the Film "Über Wasser" (About Water)

pdfEducational material on a film by Udo Maurer, offered by Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, Germany

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Case Studies in Terrorism Response
Presents three illustrative case studies to reinforce basic concepts and principles of terrorism preparedness and response, as well as to identify some specific practical considerations.
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21L.435 Shakespeare, Film and Media (MIT)
Filmed Shakespeare began in 1899, with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree performing the death scene from King John for the camera. Sarah Bernhardt, who had played Hamlet a number of times in her long career, filmed the duel scene for the Paris Exposition of 1900. In the era of silent film (1895-1929) several hundred Shakespeare films were made in England, France Germany and the United States, Even without the spoken word, Shakespeare was popular in the new medium. The first half-century of sound include
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21W.730-1 Expository Writing: Exploring Social and Ethical Issues through Film and Print (MIT)
This section of Expository Writing provides the opportunity for students- as readers, viewers, writers and speakers - to engage with social and ethical issues that they care deeply about. Through discussing selected documentary and feature films and the writings of such authors as Maya Angelou, Robert Coles, Charles Dickens, Barbara Ehrenreich, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jonathan Kozol, and Alice Walker, we will explore different perspectives on a range of social problems such as poverty, homeless
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21L.432 Understanding Television (MIT)
The subtitle of this course for the spring 2003 term is "American Television: A Cultural History." The class takes a cultural approach to television's evolution as a technology and system of representation, considering television as a system of storytelling and myth-making, and as a cultural practice, studied from anthropological, literary, and cinematic perspectives. The course focuses on prime-time commercial broadcasting, the medium's technological and economic history, and theoretical perspe
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24.209 Philosophy In Film and Other Media (MIT)
This course examines works of film in relation to thematic issues of philosophical importance that also occur in other arts, particularly literature and opera. Emphasis is put on film's ability to represent and express feeling as well as cognition. Both written and cinematic works by Sturges, Shaw, Cocteau, Hitchcock, Joyce, and Bergman, among others, are considered. There are no tests or quizzes, however students write two major papers on media/philosophical research topics of their choosing.
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New York: A Documentary Film
Thirteen's Educational Publishing Department prepares educational kits to accompany certain television programming. These guides are available in print and, electronically, as PDFs (Portable Document Format), through the Web. This Teacher's Guide accompanies the program NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM. The guide is intended to help use the film as a supplement to junior-high and high-school social-studies courses. Selected activities may also be used in language arts, music, and art classes. Key th
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24.213 Philosophy of Film (MIT)
This course is a seminar on the philosophical analysis of film art, with an emphasis on the ways in which it creates meaning through techniques that define a formal structure. There is a particular focus on aesthetic problems about appearance and reality, literary and visual effects, communication and alienation through film technology.
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Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns
This is the companion website to the Ken Burns PBS series that aired in January 2001. Explore cities and clubs where jazz developed; listen to excerpts of bebop, cool jazz and other styles; discover what makes jazz jazz and the theory behind the art form often called the purest expression of American democracy. The site provides biographies of nearly 100 musicians, transcripts of interviews that went into the making of the show, a virtual piano, a study guide and more than a dozen lessons.
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21L.706 Studies in Film (MIT)
This course investigates relationships between two media, film and literature, studying works linked across the two media by genre, topic, and style. It aims to sharpen appreciation of major works of cinema and of literary narrative. The course explores how artworks challenge and cross cultural, political and aesthetic boundaries. It includes some attention to theory of narrative. Films to be studied include works by Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Francis Ford Coppolla, Clint Eastwood, Orson Welles,
Author(s): Kibel, Alvin

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24.264 Film as Visual and Literary Mythmaking (MIT)
This course examines problems in the philosophy of film as well as literature studied in relation to their making of myths. The readings and films that are discussed in this course draw upon classic myths of the western world. Emphasis is placed on meaning and technique as the basis of creative value in both media.
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21W.730-1 Expository Writing: Social and Ethical Issues in Print, Photography and Film (MIT)
This section of Expository Writing provides the opportunity for students- as readers, viewers, writers and speakers - to engage with social and ethical issues that they care deeply about. Through discussing selected documentary and feature films and the writings of such authors as Maya Angelou, Robert Coles, Charles Dickens, Barbara Ehrenreich, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jonathan Kozol, and Alice Walker, we will explore different perspectives on a range of social problems such as poverty, homeless
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21H.522 Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and Film (MIT)
This course covers medieval Japanese society and culture from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries, when political power rested largely in the hands of feudal warriors. Topics include religion (especially Zen Buddhism); changing concepts of "the way of the warrior;" women under feudalism; popular culture; and protest and rebellion. Presentations include weekly feature films. Assigned readings include many literary writings in translation.
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21L.011 The Film Experience (MIT)
This course is an introduction to narrative film, emphasizing the unique properties of the movie house and the motion picture camera, the historical evolution of the film medium, and the intrinsic artistic qualities of individual films. The primary focus is on American cinema, but secondary attention is paid to works drawn from other great national traditions, such as France, Italy, and Japan. The syllabus includes such directors as Griffith, Keaton, Chaplin, Renoir, Ford, Hitchcock, Altman, De
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Duck and Cover - Civil Defense Film
In 1951, the American government, in consultation with the National Education Association, created a film instructing young school children what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.  It features a turtle named Bert and includes nuclear-explosion scenes culled from other government films.

Entitled Duck and Cover, the film was seen by millions of children throughout the United States. (9:59)

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1956 Eisenhower Campaign Television Ad
1956 - the first TV Ads
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Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald dead on live television.
Uncut news footage of Lee Harvey Oswalk's murder by Jack Ruby.
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The Cove Film: A Call To Action Against Dolphin Killings
A two minute video about the slaughter of dolphins in a small community in Japan. A review of the dramatic video, The Cove. A good introduction and a call to action for students since the entire movie might be too much for younger students. Teachers should emphasis that dolphins do eat fish and that they threaten the fishermen's income. A map of Japan would be good. A good start for a service learning project.
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Deconstructing A Television Commercial: Media Literacy
Here is a classic mobile (cell) phone advertisement, which can be incorporated into media literacy instruction to teach the techniques of persuasion as well as the techniques of production. I have created a companion lesson plan which can be found here:  (run time :59)
http://www.frankwbaker.com/deconstructing_a_tv_commercial.htm

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