Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Ludwig Gesek

Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Ludwig Gesek

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In an «archival» age of 90 years, highly honoured, Prof. Dr. Ludwig Gesek from Vienna died on January 26, 1994.

In the 60s and 70s we met him regularly in FIAF congresses. We saw him less after his retirement from the Österreichisches Filmarchiv. Maybe some of our younger members of the FIAF family have never heard his name. Prof. Dr. Gesek started his film career - as many of the pioneers of the film archive movement - in the early thirties. On behalf of the Union of Nations and its International Film Institute he organised in 1932 in Vienna an international conference on «Youth and Cinema». Two years later he became co-founder of an Austrian Institute for Film culture. He worked as film critic for radio and newspapers. In 1947 he started the review «Filmkunst». On his concept and initiative, the Österreichisches Filmarchiv was founded in 1955. He chaired this institution for nearly 25 years. …

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