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Film ProgrammingCurating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives$
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Peter Bosma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174596

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174596.001.0001

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Curating Film Archives

Curating Film Archives

(p.82) 6 Curating Film Archives
Film Programming

Peter Bosma

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the definition of film heritage, and investigates the fundamental tasks of film archives. Film heritage could be defined simply as ‘all films made more than five to seven years ago’. A significant percentage of film heritage that still exists today is seriously affected by damages of decay, and is threatened by deterioration. A complete and sustainable preservation of film heritage is therefore a matter of high urgency. There are three fundamental tasks of film archives. Firstly, the safeguarding of the collection: to acquire, thus minimising the loss of value, and restore if necessary the films to their original form. Secondly, the presentation of the collection: offering as much as possible in the way of screenings, exhibitions, and publications. Thirdly, the development of the collection: adding value, giving it a connection to current times and contexts.

Keywords:   film heritage, film archives, film preservation, film restoration, film presentation, film development

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