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Robert Reinert’s Opium. Interrogating a film print


Diecke, Josephine (2020). Robert Reinert’s Opium. Interrogating a film print. In: Scharmann, Bianka-Isabell; Meusch, Adriane. Think film! : on current practices and challenges in film culture : a documentation of a student symposium. Frankfurt am Main: Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg, 52-84.

Abstract

In the framework of her master thesis, the author examined and documented a uniquely tinted and toned nitrate print of the early color film Opium (Robert Reinert, 1918/1919), and considered ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of today’s film restoration practice. This paper presents some crucial results of the research and documentation process underlying the work. The study begins with a reflection upon concepts and notions commonly used in analogue and digital approaches to film preservation and restoration. It then explains the ongoing relevance of the vocabulary and collaborative practice of the so-called Scuola Bolognese. In the second section, these ideas and concepts are applied to a case study of Robert Reinert’s Opium while offering insight into the fascinating engagement with film and non-film material and with the question of what film scholars and archivists can learn from a film (print)’s material history.

Abstract

In the framework of her master thesis, the author examined and documented a uniquely tinted and toned nitrate print of the early color film Opium (Robert Reinert, 1918/1919), and considered ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of today’s film restoration practice. This paper presents some crucial results of the research and documentation process underlying the work. The study begins with a reflection upon concepts and notions commonly used in analogue and digital approaches to film preservation and restoration. It then explains the ongoing relevance of the vocabulary and collaborative practice of the so-called Scuola Bolognese. In the second section, these ideas and concepts are applied to a case study of Robert Reinert’s Opium while offering insight into the fascinating engagement with film and non-film material and with the question of what film scholars and archivists can learn from a film (print)’s material history.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
900 History
Language:English
Date:23 March 2020
Deposited On:15 Feb 2021 15:58
Last Modified:15 Feb 2021 16:01
Publisher:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Additional Information:The publication’s objective is to serve as the documentation of our graduate student symposium held in July 2017 (13th-15th).
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3662800
Official URL:https://thinkfilmsymposium.wordpress.com
Related URLs:http://d-nb.info/1207153397 (Library Catalogue)
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100013_162888
  • : Project TitleFilmfarben. Technologien, Kulturen, Institutionen

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