Preserving, restoring and accessing silent and early sound films from existing elements in the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute

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The vast majority of original negatives of Swedish silent and early sound films are lost, meaning that what remains of the early Swedish fiction film heritage has survived primarily in the form of relatively worn nitrate prints. The article discusses differences in past and present duplication policies in terms of aspect ratio alterations and the preservation of from 1929. The industry shift towards digital capture and digital projection will affect not only the possibility of preserving and restoring films in original formats, but also how the film heritage will be accessed in the future.

Keywords: aspect ratio; duplication and restoration; early sound formats; film stock manufacturing; future access; lab facilities

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jsca.2.2.161_1

Affiliations: Swedish Film Institute

Publication date: August 29, 2012

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  • The Journal of Scandinavian Cinema is a new scholarly journal devoted to film in the Scandinavian countries. It aims to become the prime site for excellent research and engaging discussions on cinema in Scandinavia, both within the national context of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and as a region existing in a globalized world.
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