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Text Archive

 

The text archive represents one of the largest collections in Europe and is a treasury of historical and contemporary sources. It comprises a documentation section and collections of publications and magazines and a great variety of other materials. Its function is to collect and systematically analyze any texts concerned with film.

 

The text archive is organized in the following sections:

 

 

Documentation

 

Text Archive

 

In the documentation section a wide range of materials is systematically accumulated, analyzed and archived. In this process, different sources such as articles from daily or weekly newspapers are evaluated. This includes:

 

  • Historical and current film reviews together with other information on German and international films
  • Interviews with and portraits of national and international filmmakers
  • Articles on genres, film festivals, film locations, developments in the economy and politics of film, etc.

 

This furthermore includes:

 

  • Press and distribution materials, including press pamphlets and so-called promotional advice papers that used to be offered to cinema owners, so that they would be enabled to promote films with information and materials like promotional photographs.

 

In total, the text archive contains more than one million of such press materials. The materials are stored in more than 6000 document files and 35,000 microfilm jackets.

 

In addition, articles from German and international film publications are analyzed and indexed in a database. The text archive is indexed according to the international standard Thesaurus of the FIAF - Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film. In this way, the contents of the most relevant publications can be accessed systematically on site, via film title, persons or keywords.

 

It is furthermore possible to search for articles in the FIAF database, which includes circa 250 international film periodicals published since the 1960s.

 

The text archive is therefore providing access to the results of decades of accumulation, evaluation and archiving for research in film and film history.

 

Contact:


Uschi Rühle
Tel.: +49 (0)69 961 220 413
Fax: +49 (0)69 961 220 999
ruehle(at)deutsches-filminstitut.de

 

Collection of publications

 

Text Archive

 

Both the text archive and the library are responsible for the collection of film publications. More than 800 volumes for the time between 1907 and 1945 alone are available for research in film history, the oldest issue in the collection being a Kinematograph dating from January 1, 1907. The oldest periodicals from the pre-history of film date back until 1835. An overview on historical publications released in Germany is provided by the Historical Film Periodicals project. The Deutsches Filminstitut is currently subscribing to 140 national and international film publications. A large part of these publications can be searched via the on-line catalogue. A list of current publications is available here.(Link zur Zeitschriftenliste, siehe dt. Version DFM-Website)

 

Contact:

 

Judith Leitz
Tel.: +49 (0)69 961 220 434
Fax: +49 (0)69 961 220 999
zeitschriften(at)deutsches-filmmuseum.de

 

Collection of materials

 

Text Archive

 

The following media are included in the the text archive's collection of materials:

 

Film programmes

Film programmes are a well documented genre in the text archive. These programmes used to be available at cinema box offices. Since the late sixties, however, distributors have stopped using this type of promotion and gone on to develop new marketing strategies. These programmes are an important source for film history, providing information on the cast and the plot in an entertaining fashion. Occasionally, they even include background information, e.g. cast portraits and "making-of" reports. The well-known film programmes Illustrierter Filmkurier (1919 - 1944) and Illustrierte Film-Bühne (1946 - 1969) are almost completely included in the text archive. All in all, the archive contains more than 40,000 film programmes.

 

Censorship documents

Further specialized collections make available important materials such as historical censorship documents. Researching these documents will not only help to learn more about certain films, but also help to reconstruct and understand their contemporary political and social contexts. The documents contain, among other things, the respective captions and performance restrictions for each film. The "Gutachten der Film-Oberprüfstelle" project presents a unique collection of surviving documents, with a total 7000 pages on film censorship in West Germany. This edition has been prepared over a period of three years and documents the decisions together with explanations formulated by the Film-Oberprüfstelle in Berlin between 1920 and 1938 concerning 890 German and international productions. The digitized original documents are available as PDF-files via film title.

 

Scripts

Besides production photographs, costume and set designs as well as other materials, the different versions of scripts are a valuable documentation of the production of a film. The text archive contains initial production notes and treatments, memos and draft versions of scripts, as well as dialogue lists in different languages and work copies of scripts. It also includes scripts for international productions, such as the original script for Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's SUNRISE. Furthermore, the archive also contains a collection of more than 160 scripts for Warner Brothers productions of the 1930s and 1940s, and several hundred scripts by the Frankfurt based production company Pandora.  

 

Contact:

 

Beate Dannhorn
Tel.: +49 (0)69 961 220 451
Fax: +49 (0)69 961 220 579
dannhorn(at)deutsches-filmmuseum.de

 

Uschi Rühle
Tel.: +49 (0)69 961 220 413
Fax: +49 (0)69 961 220 999
ruehle(at)deutsches-filminstitut.de

 

Christof Schöbel
Tel.: +49 (0)69 961 220 412
Fax: +49 (0)69 961 220 999
schoebel(at)deutsches-filminstitut.de