How can we use the internet to facilitate and vitalise the interchange between archives and between archives and their users? What is the result when a comprehensive collection is made available via web to the public and an international group of researchers uses collaborative tools to analyse it? The case studies presented here are supposed to show the multiple opportunities which arise from the work with the COLLATE system.

This web site is composed of two different paths:

  • the „source edition“: joint editorial work on selected topics, serving as the background for an in-depth comparative analysis of the censorship practice in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany.
  • the „surrogate production“: a demonstration how censorship documents (and the analysis of the censorship practice) can be used to support film restoration.

Using material from the three archives the COLLATE team produced “film surrogates” - something like a “pre”-film-reconstruction. Two „surrogates“ have been generated:

  • the last act of the Austrian sound film CAFÉ ELECTRIK.
  • the whole Czech silent movie ZPEV ZLATA (VETRELEC).

In the source edition we decided to adopt two different approaches as well: The editorial-analytical work in COLLATE has been done

  • on the one hand with a “classical”, film-centred comparative case study (BRONENOSEZ POTEMKIN)
  • on the other hand with the topic “censorship and genre” – based on six selected horror films.

On this site we present the results of our efforts - actually: four examples of the work in COLLATE. This outcome arises not only from a close collaboration between the DIF, FAA and NFA but also from lively interchanges with colleagues in several countries.

We hope that this project and web site improves and strengthens the networking between researchers. We also hope that COLLATE constitutes only a first step in the direction of extensive networking in the domain of film studies.

Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, Filmarchiv Austria – FAA and Národní filmový archiv – NFA want to express their gratitude to all colleagues who supported the COLLATE work. Many thanks to
Daniel Biltereyst, Georg Eckes, Felix Eisenberg, Annette Groschke, Helen Groumas, Christiane Grün, Uli Jung, Johannes Kamps, Gertrude Langer-Ostrawsky, Ronny Loewy, Martin Loiperdinger, Lorenz Mikoletzky, Einde O’Callaghan, Enno Patalas, Sebastian Peine, Hans-Joachim Schlegel, Gerald Theimer, Thomas Tode, Enrico Wolf, Sybille Weeke.

The documents included in the COLLATE-repository were not only provided by the archives in the COLLATE consortium, but also through cooperation with other archives. The COLLATE team want to say thank you to the following institutions:
· Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Munich, Germany
· Bundesarchiv Berlin - Lichterfelde, Berlin, Germany
· Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin, Germany
· Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany
· Knihovna právnické fakulty UK, Prague, Czech Republic
· Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv St. Pölten, Austria
· Národní knihovna Ceské republiky, Prague, Czech Republic
· Österreichisches Staatsarchiv, Vienna, Austria
· Sächsischen Hauptstaatsarchiv, Dresden, Germany
· Státní Ústrední Archiv v Praze (State Central Archive in Prague), Czech Republic
· Württembergisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Stuttgart, Germany


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