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.
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com or submitting a request through our online Material Request Form. Preference is given to titles that will be used regularly in classes.