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The Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media (AFC) is located on the 7th floor of Bobst Library. Our collections include over 28,000 videos (with U.S. and foreign cinema, drama and music performances, documentaries, art films, and more) and over 76,000 sound recordings (featuring music from a broad spectrum of classical, traditional, and popular artists and genres, from throughout the world and across history). Our viewing and listening facilities support a variety of analog and digital formats.  Here is just a sampling of the Mythology and Fairy Tale films available at the AFC:


  • Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection by Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Tim Burton, and many others
    Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre brings to life twenty-six of the most magical fairy tales of all time. Directed by such masters of cinema as Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola, and star-powered by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Mick Jagger, James Earl Jones, Howie Mandel, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and more, this collection is an unparalleled treasury of best-loved tales of enchantment, adventure and wonder.
  • Enchanted by Directed by Kevin Lima
    A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess who is sent to our world by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
  • The Brothers Grimm by Directed by Terry Gilliam
    19th-century "folklore collectors," Wilhem and Jacob Grimm are con artists who perform bogus exorcisms of "evil enchantments" while traveling from village to village in French-occupied Germany. The two soon find themselves ensnared in a genuinely supernatural crisis involving the curse of the Mirror Queen and other such fantastical marvels as the Big Bad Wolf, the Gingerbread Man, and other truly enchanted flora and fauna.
  • The Lion King by Directed by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers
    The story finds a lion cub, son of a king, sent into exile after his father is sabotaged by a rivalrous uncle. The little hero finds his way into the "circle of life" with some new friends and eventually comes back to reclaim his proper place.

Research topic: Folklore

The term folklore denote cultural traditions that have survived by word of mouth and that in the 19th century were described as part of "the people's spiritual culture".

The concept must be understood in the light of views concerning the "otherness" of folk culture and the process of nation-building in Europe. In this context important source materials include folk narratives, folk music, folk beliefs and folk rituals.

The study of folklore at UiO was formerly closely associated with Norwegian material collected during the 19th century. As a result the field adopted an overly narrow perspective regarding its own subject area.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the evolutionary view of folk culture had long outlived its usefulness and the field changed its focus. It was established that the field could also deal with subject-matter from more recent – and even contemporary – times by means of the collection through active fieldwork of material from new sources.

Today our research attempts to preserve and pass on our knowledge of everyday culture and the world in which people live, while we also identify new themes and research topics that are interesting to analyse and discuss from the perspective of cultural history.

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