Europa Film Treasures

Philips Broadcast of 1938Europa Film Treasures logo And still they come …. Thanks to Mark Mayerson for spotting Europa Film Treasures,  another interesting (to say the least) site for online films; part of the “Treasures from European Film Archives” project, it promises films from 28 European film archives, ranging from the UK’s British Film Institute and the Imperial War Museum to Russia’s GosFilmoFond and Spain’s Filmoteca Española. So far, there are only a handful of titles available, including George Pal’s Philips Broadcast of 1938 (1938) (see above) in its French release version (La Grande Revue Philips) (from Lobster Films, a private archive run by Serge Bromberg, who is also Artistic Director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival); the copy seems cleaner than than the one on The Puppetoon Movie DVD, though the colors lack its saturation; a plus is it includes English subtitles for the Dutch titles.

Besides animation, the site’s offerings range from John Ford’s early feature, Bucking Broadway (1917) to the Slippery Jim French trick film, Pickpock ne craint pas les entraves (1909), as well as documentaries and erotica among other categories. Most of the films are European, but films from elsewhere are included as well.

Besides films, there is news of archival and festival screenings, and promised sections on documentation (including “bibliographies, a glossary of technical terms, and a presentation of professional networks”) and teaching resources that will include “teaching aids, as well as recreational activities suitable for a young audience.”

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.

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