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The Archives


The archives of the Deutsches Filminstitut / Deutsches Filmmuseum contain film copies, production records, photographs and other materials relevant to film history, all of which are systematically stored and preserved. Sections include film archives, image archives, technology archives, poster archives, music archives and text archives. Furthermore, the institution houses a number of collections and estates by German filmmakers such as Volker Schlöndorff, actors like Curd Jürgens and Maria Schell, and producers such as Luggi Waldleitner or Artur Brauner.


As a result of the fusion of the Deutsches Filmmuseum with the Deutsches Filminstitut, the joint collections of both institutions are now considerably larger and complete. A new archive and visitor centre situated in Frankfurt-Rödelheim was opened early in 2007, it houses the poster archive, the music archive, the script archive, the Artur Brauner archive as well as all further estates and collections.


It is the aim of the archives to store and preserve primary sources and documentary records connected to the history of film and make them accessible for scientific research and similar purposes. Special exhibitions showcase materials from the archives and present them to a larger public. The key interests of the collection activities of the Deutsches Filminstitut / Deutsches Filmmuseum, which span all sections of the archives, include avant-garde film, promotional films and animation, as well as New German Cinema and German productions before 1945. Important records from related and other fields are also stored in the archives.


The Deutsches Filminstitut / Deutsches Filmmuseum is a member of the  Kinematheksverbund and an "associate member" of the FIAF (Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film).


The archives are accessible on request.


Head of collections: Hans-Peter Reichmann


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