May 18, 2022

A Visit to the British Film Institute’s National Archive

From Agence France Presse:

In a refrigerated vault outside London filled with old film reels, a team of curators is bringing to life forgotten masterpieces of early cinema history.

A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute’s National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of old film are stacked floor-to-ceiling.

As we’re restoring them we’re pulling back the veils of history, and we can see much more clearly than we used to,” curator Bryony Dixon told AFP on a visit to the archive in the town of Berkhamsted this week.

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See Also: BFI National Film Archive Website

See Also: BFI National Archive FAQ

See Also: Selections from the BFI National Archive (on YouTube)

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