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The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe (1897-1902)

Eye Filmmuseum and the British Film Institute present a compilation film of newly-restored rare images from the first years of filmmaking. Immerse yourself in enchanting images of Venice, Berlin, Amsterdam and London from 120 years ago. Let yourself be carried away in the mesmerizing events and celebrities of the time, and feel the enthusiasm of early cinema that overcame the challenge of capturing life-like movement.

 

Origins

The Mutoscope and Biograph Company was founded by film pioneer and inventor William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson, who had worked with Thomas Edison since the 1880s. After leaving Edison, Dickson and partners filmed remarkable events across Europe.

These films are all photographed with the unique large-format 68mm Mutograph camera, which provided extraordinarily high resolution images. These one-minute time capsules from 120 years ago still convey some of the richest and sharpest images that film can achieve.

The films reflect the essence of early cinema: capturing the first ever moving images of important events, famous locations and personalities, as well as spectacular moments such as dance and sports performances, or even natural phenomena like fire or storm, that only work when seen in motion.

 

The Collection and Restoration

The Mutoscope and Biograph Collection is the oldest film collection held at Eye Filmmuseum. It includes over 200 films, most of which made in Europe between 1897 and 1902. This constitutes the largest existing collection of Mutoscope and Biograph films surviving in the world.

The films are shot on nitrate film stock with a short-lived technology which was, at the time, innovative and groundbreaking: an exceptionally large-format film (approx. 68mm wide, without perforation) with an extremely high resolution providing extraordinary richness of details.

Because the films are a non-standard size, they have been largely unseen. Given their obsolete format digital restoration with custom-made equipment at a resolution of around 8K is the best way to make them accessible again, using today’s technology. After digitization, image restoration is done to reproduce as closely as possible the characteristics of the original film.

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Il Cinema Ritrovato Book Fair and the 2020 DVD Awards

From August 24th to the 31st, during Il Cinema Ritrovato, the Biblioteca Renzi in the Cineteca di Bologna will host an unmissable event for cinema fanatics with hundreds of books, DVDs and Blu-rays: Il Cinema Ritrovato Book fair.

It is the 18th birthday of the Book fair and regardless of the difficulties of the current year, the Cineteca has decided to confirm the event, albeit in a reduced version, to offer the Festival attendees some publications. There will be space for publications by film archives from all over the world and other national and international editors. Among this year’s news, the Biblioteca Renzi will host a selection of DVDs for a low price that include rarities but also contemporary works.

Among the many publications, the Cineteca di Bologna has decided to highlight the finalists of this year’s DVD Awards. These include some ACE members such as BFI, Filmoteka Narodowna, Národní filmový archiv and Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum. The DVD Awards will be given out on Friday, August 28th in Piazzetta Pasolini. This year’s jury is composed by Paolo Mereghetti, Lorenzo Codelli, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Philippe Garnier, Pamela Hutchinson and Miguel Marías.

Among the Italian editors at the Book Fair: Eagle Pictures, 01distribution, Dino Audino Editore, CG Entertainment and Mustang Entertainment.

Among the foreign editors: Edition Filmmuseum, Lobster Films, Cinematek Royale de Belgique, EYE FilmMuseum, Film Heritage Foundation, Institut Lumière e Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé.

For more information on the Book Fair click here.

For a full list of the Il Cinema Ritrovato | Dvd Awards finalists, click here.

Irish Film Institute launches IFI@Home, a new VOD service

The Irish Film Institute has launched a video-on-demand platform named IFI@Home. At www.ifihome.ie there is a selection of IFI’s Irish and international programming finally made available online for audiences across Ireland.

IFI@Home has made the Reel Art Collection available online, a selection of 20 Irish documentaries, funded by the Arts Council. Its purpose is to showcase Irish non-fiction filmmakers’ talent. Each of the films is available to rent for 3.99 on www.ifihome.ie.

The IFI’s director Ross Keane explains that the launch of the online streaming library IFI@Home delivers on a key aspect of their current five-year strategy, to extend the reach of the IFI’s programming beyond their venue to homes across Ireland. This is particularly important, according to Ross Keane, during the COVID-19, when everyone is engaging with the arts online.

On the Reel Art Collection, Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at The Arts Council, adds:

The Arts Council is delighted that IFI@Home is launching with the Reel Art Collection. Over the past ten years many of Ireland’s finest film artists have made a Reel Art film, and together their work forms a collection that is unique in its subject range and realisation. Until now it has not been possible to see most of these films following their cinema and festival screenings so it is wonderful that they will have a new life on IFI@Home and that audiences all over Ireland will have access to them.

 

Public lecture series This is Film! on recycling, re-using and remixing archival film

Image credits: Aurora Goes to Holland (USA, Jonathon Rosen, 2015)

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice is Eye’s annual public lecture series with international guest speakers and remarkable archival footage. Together with invited guests, each of the six sessions will touch upon different forms of creative archival reuse: from compilation film to audiovisual immersive VJ set, from controversial 3D film to real-time VR experience.

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice runs from March 11 until May 20 on Wednesday at 3.30pm in Eye, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, eyefilm.nl/thisisfilm
The lectures are in English and can be attended as a series or on a one-off basis

Each session will feature an introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam), followed by a talk by, or interview and Q&A with, an international expert on the topic and a film screening or performance.

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Stumfilm – free streaming platform for Danish silent films

Silent movies are usually absent in the streaming realm. Archives or YouTube can be the first stop for such works, but usually this comes with much search or a comprises. In this panorama, the Danish Film Institute’s initiative is particularly significant. Stumfilm.dk has been created as part of an ongoing restoration project and its objective is to highlight the importance of Denmark’s film industry in the beginning of the 20th century, an age when stars like Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander and Gunnar Tolnæs found fame. The platform launched with 40 films, but more than 400 made between 1897 and 1928 will be added over the span of the four-year long project. In addition, a three-year research project between Denmark and Germany will help in mapping out the traffic of ideas and people between these two countries, who leaded the silent film era.

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Elonet – Free online access to Finnish film

National Audiovisual Institute Launches 4k Streaming Service

On 3 December, the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki launched a greatly expanded streaming service at elonet.finna.fi.

The key addition are 200+ Finnish feature films which are now available for streaming anywhere in the world for free. The bulk of these films are available at Ultra HD resolution but all feature titles are in at least HD quality.

The number of films available for streaming will grow in the coming years because in all, KAVI owns about 450 feature film titles. This number is about a quarter of all feature films ever produced in Finland.

Additionally, Elonet hosts thousands of advertising, documentary, and other short films. All war-time newsreels and the full series of 700 Finlandia newsreels are available for watching.

Elonet was originally launched in 2006 as a filmographic database. In 2018, KAVI built its own view to the national online finna service of archives museums and libraries, and this week, the elonet brand moved to Finna.

Oscar 2020: Montenegro chooses “Neverending Past”

Neverending Past (Izmedju dana i noći), a film by Andro Martinović, director of the Montenegrin Cinematheque (Crnogorska kinoteka), has been selected as Montenegro’s candidate fot the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the International feature film category.

It presents three stories of a father and his sonforced to question their lives in borderline situations, set in three different time periods: WWII, the fall of Berlin Wall and after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build awareness around the importance of safeguarding our film heritage. This is a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honor audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions.

 

This year’s theme is “Engage the Past Through Sound and Images”.

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European Heritage Days 2019 – Lovćen Film’s program

In 2019 Montenegrin Cinematheque is joining the celebration of European Heritage Days with the team “Arts and Entertainment”, which will be celebrated on the local and national level in the last week of September, between 23rd and 30th.

 

As usual, all events will be free of charge and opened to participants from different municipalities. Local and national institutions will organize exhibitions, visits to cultural heritage sited, as well as presentations of tangible and intangible heritage. Part of the program will be dedicated to educational workshops, lectures aimed for children and pupils and art competitions.

 

 

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