Magazine article UNESCO Courier

Switzerland: A Living Film Archive

Magazine article UNESCO Courier

Switzerland: A Living Film Archive

Article excerpt

THE depositing of copies of films in film archives should clearly be subject to rules dictated by their owners; the first implication of this is that reels of film should not be allowed to leave the premises of the institution. But it is equally clear that the conservation of film archives in total secrecy would lead to the absurd situation in which, ultimately, no one could claim to consult them for the purposes of historical research, and that archivists would be acting as the guardians of cemeteries, which is not their purpose.

Collecting works produced in the past only makes sense if it is possible for contemporary art to match itself against such works with a view to preparing for the future. A living film archive is thus a meeting place where today's creators, historians, theoreticians and students can freely consult documents. Consequently it is indispensable to provide them with easy access to an accurate, detailed and comprehensive catalogue. …

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