Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Buenos Aires: Fundación Cinemateca Argentina

Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Buenos Aires: Fundación Cinemateca Argentina

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Since there is no comprehensive source of information about the Argentine cinema, the Cinemateca Argentina decided to publish a CDROM containing historical information on Argentina's national cinema. This CD-ROM, El cine argentino, 1933-1995 contains some six hours of program material in the form of film excerpts and extensive filmographic data on the Argentinean films of the sound period (1933 to 1995). This electronic resource will be indispensable not only for those studying Argentine cinema, but also for those engaged in research into social and political aspects of modern Argentine history. The decision to bypass traditional forms of filmography in favor of the CD-ROM format, which allows quick and flexible access to a large body of data, was based on the desire to create a resource that would take full advantage of the technical capabilities of the new medium. The Cinemateca's intention was to expand the ways that the Argentinean cinema can be appreciated and understood, both in terms of cinema history and as a part of our larger cultural heritage.

El cine argentino uses text data, still and moving images to document 1859 features, including 200 films which have not been released commercially. This documentation includes credits, synopsis, and reviews as well as photos (2800 images) and video clips (28 film clips which amount to 30 minutes of video). The biographical component contains information on 824 actors, producers and other personnel, with their respective filmographies. …

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