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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1923) Silent Movie Day 2023 celebration

Silent Movie Day is an international celebration of Silent Films. It began in 2021 and this year marks the third anniversary. Each year the BYU Motion Picture Archive has joined in the celebration. Silent Movie Day is set on the calendar as September 29th each year, and we try and do what makes sense to …

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  Thursday afternoons this fall semester, THE BYU MOTION PICTURE ARCHIVE will be running vintage films on celluloid film in the library’s auditorium. We discuss the historical context, cultural context, narrative themes, and form connections with the past. This gives us a chance to explore a film together in a historical way: together with an …

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Poems of Phillis Wheatley

Today marks the 250th anniversary of the first publication of Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, the first book published by an African-American writer. Wheatley was born in West Africa around 1753 and was sold into slavery as a child. She was taken to Boston, where she was purchased by a wealthy merchant family, the …

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