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About Anthony Slide
Film Appraisal and Criticism

About Anthony Slide

Born in Birmingham, England, on November 7, 1944, Anthony Slide was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Aston, Birmingham. In the United Kingdom, he served as Honorary Secretary of the Society for Film History Research; co-founded and served as first editor of the newsletter of the Cinema Theatre Association (dedicated to the study of the cinema as a building and still active); organized Britain's first silent film festival, an eighteen day event at London National Film Theatre, in conjunction with the 1970 London Film Festival; and programmed series on British Cinema in the Twenties and British Music Hall Comedians on Film at the National Film Theatre. In 1968, he co-founded THE SILENT PICTURE, the only serious quarterly devoted to the art and history of the silent film, which he edited and published until its demise in 1974. (THE SILENT PICTURE was subsequently published in 1977 in a reprint edition by the Arno Press/New York Times.) After an early career in local government in Hull, Kingston-upon-Thames and the London Borough of Lambeth, Anthony Slide's first professional involvement with film was as Assistant Editor of INTERNATIONAL FILM GUIDE from 1968-1971.

In 1971, Anthony Slide came to the United States as a Louis B. Mayer Research Associate with the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies in Beverly Hills, California. From there, he moved to the Institute's Washington D.C. headquarters, and was responsible for setting up the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE CATALOG: FEATURE FILMS, 1911-1920.. In 1973, he became the Institute's Associate Film Archivist, responsible for the acquisition and preservation of more than 2,000 films in the National Film Collection at the Library of Congress. Anthony Slide became the Resident Film Historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1975. At the Academy, he was responsible for most of its educational and cultural activities; he headed the National Film Information Service; edited an educational newsletter; and was responsible for its in-house exhibits and public film programs. Among the more than fifty tributes which he produced were those devoted to Groucho Marx, Mary Pickford, Best Dance Direction, Southern California on Film, The Silent Stars Speak, W.C. Fields, and Pete Smith. Anthony Slide resigned from full-time service with the Academy in 1980, but continued to work there on a part-time basis through 1986, cataloging many of the special collections holdings of its Margaret Herrick Library. From 1986-1990, he was co-owner of Producers Library Service, one of the two oldest and largest independent stock footage libraries in the United States, with more than six million feet of film. Since 1990, Anthony Slide has worked as an independent film scholar, archivist and consultant.


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