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Film and Video at the Pratt Institute Libraries: About the Collection

The film and video collections of the Pratt Institute Libraries encompass DVDs, BluRays, videos, 16mm films and streaming video subscriptions and are available to circulate in Visual and Multimedia Resources (VMR)

New in VMR!

Want to watch a film from our collection?  Don’t have a DVD drive in your laptop or computer?  VMR is now circulating DVD drives for seven days at a time from the DVD circulation desk.  Borrow one and make it a movie night!

New to the Collection

About the Collection

The Pratt Institute Libraries make available to faculty, students, and staff an extensive film and video collection of over 6,000 unique titles to support teaching and learning through the Visual and Multimedia Resources (VMR) department. The collection of  DVDs, VHS tapes, 16mm films, and other assorted formats are available for circulation and viewing on the Lower Level of the Library. Screening rooms are also available through VMR. The collection can be searched in PrattCat, the Library's online catalog.  The physical collection is supplemented by a streaming video subscriptions through Alexander Street Press and Kanopy.

Hollywood History: The 1950's on Streaming

I'll Sell My Shirt (1953)

Low comedy meets high technology in I'll Sell My Shirt, a burlesque film unseen anywhere in 3-D for over 60 years. Corky Marshall, known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" and "Da Brooklyn Lovebird," receives top billing but the real mirthmakers are George "Beetlepuss" Lewis and Charlie Crafts, cited as "One of Burlesque's Greatest Comedy Teams" by Billboard magazine. This restoration of I'll Sell My Shirt was taken from the original 35mm left/right elements and displays Thompson's deep stereoscopic widescreen cinematography better than ever before. (It was only shown in red/green anaglyphic 3-D in its original release.) The short was rescued just in time. The elements are shrunken and rapidly deteriorating with vinegar syndrome.

Hollywood History: The 1950's on DVD

Hollywood History: the 1950's on 16mm

Daybreak Express (1953)

A short mood film capturing the impressions of a subway commuter during morning rush hour in New York City, with shots taken from inside a subway car. Set to the music of Duke Ellington.

Watch the film below!

Suggest a Purchase

VMR collects films and videos relevant to the Pratt community’s academic needs, but also to promote the relaxation and intellectual and artistic development of the student body. Members of the Pratt community are encouraged to suggest new titles by emailing or submitting a request through our online Material Request Form. Preference is given to titles that will be used regularly in classes.