Lost Films

From: Christiane Gruen (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 16 2008 - 01:43:09 PDT

Dear all,

I am writing on behalf of the 'Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin', where we are currently preparing 'Lost Films', a web-based project that aims to provide a common platform for users to share information concerning films known or believed to be lost.

The project went into operation in June last year, and will finish in November, when the 'Lost Films' website officially goes online. The first stage was a Wiki (http://www.lost-films.eu), that was used to gather initial titles. Around 400 titles were submitted by various specialists, from which 35 were then selected to launch the new database.

We are currently gathering, selecting and digitising documents (scripts, stills, posters, press items, music scores, and film clips, etc.) to illustrate the 35 chosen titles. At the same time, we are inputting basic information concerning other lost films compiled from various sources, to provide potential users with a starting point for contributing knowledge and documents of their own in future. Presently we have over 1300 titles.

The entries mostly concentrate on narrative film. However, we would very much like to expand our current entries to include more experimental films.

So if anybody knows of any experimental films, which are believed lost, please post to the list or get in touch with us at the email addresses listed below.


The 'Lost Films' team
Jürgen Keiper (email suppressed)

'Lost Films' is a collaboration between the Deutsche Kinemathek, the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv, the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, the centre nationale de la cinematographie, Filmarchiv Austria and the Narodni Filmovy Archiv (Czech National Film Archive). It is financed by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Organisation).

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