Friday, September 2, 2011

The Devil Colony (2011) novel

Original Novel Title: The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel
Author: James Rollins
Publisher: William Morrow, 2011.

Rollins' novel The Devil Colony contains a typical mischaracterization of an archives as a museum. In this case, it is really inexcusable since he's profiling the United States National Archives which even has the word archives in its name. Yet he insists on calling it a museum, not once, but at least twice.

"Painter scrunched his brow. Why was Seichan sniffing around the National Archives? The museum was a storehouse of America's historical manuscripts and documents. ..." (p. 84)

Charpter 9 of Part 1 has some of the characters visiting the National Archives very late at night:

"Dr. Eric Heisman was one of the museum's [National Archives'] curators, specializing in Colonial American history." (p. 88)

And again on page 91 Dr. Heisman is referred to as a curator.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Super 8 (2011) movie

The Super 8 movie released June 10, 2011 is written and directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The Editing Room section of the official Web site makes clever use of archival film footage that appears to have been heavily censored.

The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978) movie

The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting is a 1978 movie by director Paul Ruiz. According to the DVD package blurb, "A bumbling art collect attempts to reconstruct the content of a painting missing from a series of seven painted 100years earlier by an eccentric artist."

The movie is adapted from a novel of the same name by Pierre Klossowski.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Modigliani Scandal (1976, 1985) novel

Ken Follett originally published his novel The Modigliani Scandal in 1976 under the pseudonym of Zachary Stone, at least that's my assumption since it was copyrighted that year to that person. The novel was reissued under his own name in May 1985as paperback.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Rembrandt Affair (2010) novel

Daniel Silva's 2010 novel The Rembrandt Affair features once again his art restorer-sleuth Gabriel Allon, this time, as the time suggests, on the trail of a stolen, priceless and deadly Rembrandt painting.

In addition to scenes inside art galleries (public and private), there is also at least one depiction of an archivist, "a tall man in his early forties with reddish blond hair" who worked in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. The scene between Gabriel Allon and him is on p. 83-85 (hardcover). On p. 172 (hardcover) there is also a reference to the "archives of Argentina's Immigration Office."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Red (2010) Movie

Red, a 2010 movie about a retired CIA agent's life gone wrong, includes a couple of scenes inside a secret CIA records storage vault staffed by Henry the Records Keeper as played by Ernest Borgnine. Henry does not, however, have a sense of moral obligation to his employer and violates not only whatever statute governs his work but also ethical codes of conduct for archivists and records managers.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Taking Chances (2009) movie

In actor Justin Long's 2009 movie Taking Chances he plays the wise, young curator of a local history museum in a dying town in Pennsylvania whose town council plans on building a casino operated by a local Indian tribe on the town's Revolutionary War battlefield. Long's courageous stand against the council and the town itself is aided by his one slacker friend and a female love interest, who happens to be a young prostitute, in bed with the mayor and desperately searching for her father.