Author: normma

NoRMMA Receives Heritage Lottery Funding For Digitizing the War Illustrated Project

NoRMMA is very happy to announce that its members have been awarded £8,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake its ‘Digitizing The War Illustrated’ project. (You can find out more about the National Lottery Heritage Fund on its website: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/). This allows us to build on Public Engagement NoRMMA carried out between April and June 2017. Over the course…

A summary of the magazines in the Dirk Bogarde collection

After completing my spreadsheet, I sent an edited version of it (removing the information specifically related to Bogarde to make the other data more legible) to the BFI. While most, though not all, of these magazine share something on Bogarde in common, it is worth giving an overview before turning to dates, countries/languages and other aspects in more detail. The…

Pre-search: The spreadsheet

In this post I turn more specifically to the matter which prompted this series of posts: the cataloguing of the Dirk Bogarde Collection. I always like to start a project with a spreadsheet since this allows for data to be recorded systematically, legibly, and to be reorganised according to various categories if desired. It would also be the neatest may…

Pre-search: Dirk Bogarde in non-contemporaneous writing and the what (sources), why (the importance), and how (methodology) of star studies

I engaged in other pre-search before the Dirk Bogarde collection of magazines arrived.  This involved investigating how much, and in what way, Bogarde appears in written work produced after his main period of stardom. This is not necessary for the cataloguing of the BFI’s collection of magazines and, since it is often retrospective, may in fact cover quite different ground…

“You wouldn’t have these problems if you were a fallen woman!”: Female (Curtiz, 1933)

Our friends over at the Melodrama Research Group are continuing to explore pre-Code Hollywood cinema this term, starting with a screening of Female this coming Tuesday. Because of this, we had a look at what the fan magazines had to say about this film and about its central star, Ruth Chatterton. Three reviews, from Photoplay, Picture Play and Motion Picture, took quite different stances…