Remembrance of German Things Past

From Berlin, two initiatives from the Deutsche Kinemathek/Museum for Film and Television.

The first is a collection of private photos and home movies of the Berlin Wall, its eventual collapse, and the reunification that followed. It’s a timely collection, especially given that the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s fall is coming in November. Not only do the images and films encourage the viewer to reflect on freedom, but the items found in the collection are open to tagging, most carry Creative Commons licenses, and the online exhibit is built on innovative open source software from Collective Access. Some of the most popular images in the collection can be found here.

The second is a new portal that the Kinemathek has built with Austrian, Czech, and French partners listing information about more than 3,500 films–including classics from Charlie Chaplin and Frank Capra–that were presumed to be lost forever. The Germans have seeded the list with information about the 37 most sought-after German films, featuring several from Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, and F.W. Murnau. All that’s missing is a poster with a picture: “Have you seen this film?”

Peter B. Kaufman comes to us from Intelligent Television.

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