Category: Preservation

Pola Negri in MANIA – World Tour of A Silent Film

7 November 2011 – “Mania – The history of a cigarette factory worker” (1918) starring legendary Polish actress Pola Negri will be screened at Volksbühne Berlin on 8 November.  In 2006, a copy was found in a Czech film collection and acquired by Filmoteca Narodowa (National Polish Archive). The heavily damaged film was fully reconstructed, digitally restored and sent on a world tour through the European capitals Warzaw, Paris, Madrid, London and Berlin. The music, composed just for this occasion, will be performed live by the Wrocław Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk.

“MANIA – World Tour of a Silent Film with Live Music” is a project of Filmoteka Narodowa as part of the Polish EU Council Presidency.


International Symposium “Digital Cinema: What Does the Future Hold for Cinematheques?”

19 September 2011 – On 13 and 14 October, film makers, curators and historians, technicians, and producers, will meet at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris to discuss the transition from analogue to digital and its impact on the founding missions of cinematheques : to collect, conserve, restore and show. The symposium will focus on 4 topics:

  • The digital revolution today and tomorrow
  • Digital filming: writing in sand?
  • Restoration and digitisation of collections
  • What future for cinematheques?

View the full programme here.

Austrian Film Museum Publishes Schlemmer Frame Collection

28 April 2010 – The Schlemmer Frame Collection is the property of Edith Schlemmer, the former chief archivist of the Austrian Film Museum. Mrs. Schlemmer had received it in the 1960s as a donation from an anonymous collector, and decided to make it available to the Austrian Film Museum for purposes of research and publication.

This little treasure consists of 2254 frames and fragments of films, mostly silent and mostly from the period between 1910 and 1920, many of which are believed lost. The collection has now been digitized and ordered, with the aim of identifying and cataloging the individual items as well as preserving the original order. At present, 35% of the collection have been identified. The process of research and identification is ongoing and will presumably continue for several years. As a parallel endeavour, a visual database of these beautiful images has been created and can be accessed here.

Although many film archives are in possession of these types of collections, it is the first time that one of them receives such detailed attention from researchers. The aim of the Austrian Film Museum is to make these images accessible to the larger public, to enable everyone to enjoy the colors and photography of early cinema, to constitute a historical resource for archivists and researchers, and to enlarge the debate about open archives and “orphan” collections held in those archives.

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