January 19, 2022

Digital Collections: 1200 Film Programs in the Digital Library of the University of Lodz

Access to database is available (interface is available in English) but records are primarily in Polish. Mechanical translation tools can assist.

The collection discussed below is titled: The History of World Cinema in 20th-Century Ephemera.

From Science in Poland:

The collection of 1,200 film programs released in the years 1920-1980 to accompany Polish and foreign films has been made available in the Digital Library of the University of Lodz. In addition to basic information about the movies, their creators and cast, leaflets sometimes contain plot summary and film frames.


It is a collection of 1,200 leaflets published mainly in the years 1920-1980.

[Our emphasis] The programs advertise both world cinematography productions, among others from the USA, Germany, France or Italy, and Polish film productions. In addition to basic information, such as the title, director, producer, programs also include information about the cast and sometimes a plot summary and film frames. These prints have the characteristics of advertising and partly informational documents.

Among the foreign programs in the collection there is, for example, the classic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock from 1954 “Rear Window” starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. In addition to the basic information about the movie, the program published by the Film Lease Central also contains a note about the director and lead actors.

They also document the achievements of global film industry companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Paramount, UFA, as well as Polish ones: Sfinks, Leo Film, Feniks and Falanga.

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