By Paula Amad
From 1908 to 1931, French banker Albert Kahn financed a huge multimedia archive meant to list the "surface of the globe as inhabited and constructed by means of Man." kept in a world-themed backyard at the outskirts of Paris, the files de los angeles Planète contained 4,000 stereoscopic plates, 72,000 autochromes, and 183,000 meters of movie, composing one of many 20th century's such a lot awesome makes an attempt to maintain a reminiscence of the area via media.
Moving past a conventional specialise in fiction movies screened for theatrical free up, this e-book introduces new views on movie background via an research of Kahn's infrequently screened, unedited nonfiction movies. Kahn's fragmented photos finds diversified highbrow impacts, together with the philosophy of Henri Bergson (Kahn's lifelong mentor), the increase of human geography as practiced by means of Jean Brunhes (the director of the archive), and the clinical experiments of the biologist Jean Comandon (a pioneering microcinematographer who additionally contributed to Kahn's work). Amad additionally connects the Archive to an obsession with the typical in early French movie thought, the evolution of overseas documentary movie, the early Annales institution of background, and the colonial impulses of visible mapping initiatives. reworking our notion of the archive within the age of cinema, Amad advances an cutting edge idea of film's counter-archival power in response to the problem it poses to what counts as history.
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Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday, and Albert Kahn's Archives de la Planète (Film and Culture Series) by Paula Amad