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It is estimated that about 80% of film production in the silent era, made on nitrate, a highly flammable material, has disappeared. For this reason, the discovery of two rolls of film dated 1924 in the personal archive of the Navarrese filmmaker Javier Odériz is extraordinary. These are reels from the American film The Price of the Party directed by Charles Giblyn (a film of which there are no copies, according to the US Library of Congress) and the German film Die Vier letzten Sekunden des Quidam Uhl (The Last Four Seconds of Quidam Uhl) by Robert Reinert, one of the pioneers of German expressionism, a film of which the first, fourth and fifth parts are kept at the Filmmuseum in Munich. With the participation of the Basque Film Archive, this project will focus on two objectives: carrying out research that targets the historical, social and aesthetic context in which they were produced; and, from a technical point of view, analysing the state of conservation of the materials found to determine the possibility of their digitisation and public showing.

Data sheet

Silvia Casagrande (lead investigator)

Laura Mastantuono, Anna Ferrer, Eva Sacristán, Estíbaliz Miñana, Lucía Ferreyra

Related institutions:
Basque Film Archive, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

2018/09/01 - ongoing

Research line:
Theoretical approaches to innovative techniques in archiving, curating and filmmaking


Basque, English, German, Spanish