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Meet the Archive

Just how big and diverse the Eye collection is, becomes very clear every year when the collection specialists step into the spotlight during Meet the Archive.

Meet the Archive presents exceptional stories about (early) film history, highlights forgotten filmmakers, reports on new cooperations and shows what often remains hidden: the hive of activity buzzing away behind the scenes of the day-to-day programming.

Owing to the coronavirus measures, this year Meet the Archive will not take place in Eye Filmmuseum itself. And this in the year in which Eye celebrates its 75th anniversary. To mark these 75 years of history, the Eye collection specialists have therefore instead made eight online instalments of Meet the Archive on 75 years of the film archives. The collection specialists will discuss the history of the collection, major conservation projects, and innovations in the area of restoration and screening practice.

#1: 75 years of innovation in film archiving: from collecting to restoring and presenting. The first 50 years.

As part of the 75th anniversary of Eye Filmmuseum, this instalment deals with the history of what used to be the Nederlands Filmmuseum – now Eye Filmmuseum.

Drawing on three key Eye collections – the Uitkijk Archive, the Desmet Collection, and the films from the Biograph & Mutoscope Company – an overview will be presented of the development of Eye Filmmuseum in short characterisations: the international breadth of the collection, research, and conservation practice and changes in terms of presentation.

We will then take a whistle-stop tour of the ‘milestones’ in restoration and digitalisation since the late 1980s: the first analogue colour conservation projects, the international workshops, and Bits and Pieces.

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