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The cinema of the Deutsches Filmmuseum was established in 1971 as the first cinema maintained by the city council. A sophisticated programme was set to provide an alternative to the banality of popular cinema, reflected in its dedication to the variety of artistic expression in film – this agenda is still endorsed today. Films are put into thematic contexts and preferably screened in original un-dubbed versions. Works of particular film-historic interest are presented as well as artistic experiments, which ignore and transcend the requirements of commercial cinemas.


Portraits of directors, actors and national cinemas provide the main focus of the programme, together with topic-centred retrospectives. A particular concern is the presentation of documentaries, short films, experimental films and silent films with musical accompaniment – works which are otherwise not accessible or only rarely performed. Continued screening series help to illustrate social and aesthetic contexts; film history is made accessible. Lectures by film researchers and discussions with directors, actors and other people involved in film production help to expand this perspective. Furthermore, the programme aims at shifting the focus towards the spectrum of productions from various nations and regions of the world, towards film cultures beyond the mainstream. At three set dates weekly the cinema presents a series classics and rarities from the history of film.


Besides the retrospectives annual highlights of the cinema include festivals such as Africa Alive (January), CineLatino (April), Verso Sud (December), Cinéfête (June) and the Turkish Film Days (October/November). A film showcase with a national focus accompanies the Frankfurt Book Fair each year.


Cooperation partners include among others several Frankfurt museums and cultural institutions, university departments, foreign embassies and cultural institutions, non-state cultural institutions and organisations, the Hessische Rundfunk, the European Central Bank as well as national and international film archives and institutions.


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