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17 Mar 2009

Treasures from the Archives

La Cinémathèque Française: Unique collection of Laterna Magica slides available online

The Cinémathèque Française holds an exceptional collection of 17.000 magic lantern slides from the 18th century to 1920, which archivists of the Cinémathèque as well as several private collectors have assembled since 1936. Two important collections are now available online: the 'Life Models' series containing colourised photographic slides as well as hand painted large scale slides from the Royal Polytechnic Institution.

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Treasures from the Archives

In 1999, the Cineteca di Bologna launched the Chaplin project in In 1999, the Cineteca di Bologna launched the Chaplin Project in collaboration with the Association Chaplin in order to restore all of Charlie Chaplin's films and to bring them back to the big screen. Over the last ten years, the specialist staff at Cineteca di Bologna's laboratory L'Immagine Ritrovata restored all his works from the First National films, such as “A Dog's Life”, “The Kid” and “Modern Times”, onward. In 2003, the Chaplin Project embarked on the ambitious task of digitising and cataloguing the filmmaker's paper and stills archive with the objective to preserve this invaluable material and to make it available to students, researchers and cinéphiles, thus encouraging further research on Chaplin. The entire corpus of the Charlie Chaplin Archive is available at the Chaplin Research Centre, which is operated by the Cineteca’s library.

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Treasures from the Archives

Among its manyfold treasures, the Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema holds a unique collection of oil-cloth albums filled with single film frames, testifying of a a rather unusual and disconcerting method of appropriating and collecting film memorabilia in the 1920s. Clues on how those collections came about were discovered in a film magazine article published in 1932, in which Portuguese film director António Lopes Ribeiro recounts his memories of this daring practice among some Lisbon projectionists and film aficionados.

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