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Cinema and video

From a film’s conception to its distribution: screenplays, posters, DVDs... and books on cinema.

Cinema and video: about films

The Library houses materials related to the conception, shooting and distribution of films.
“Fantômas, le mort qui tue” at the Gaumont-Palace

“Fantômas, le mort qui tue” at the Gaumont-Palace

At the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu), the Performing Arts department holds the following:

  • handwritten and printed screenplays
  • correspondence
  • promotional leaflets about films
  • a large number of photographs of films and film sets, as well as portraits of actors
  • posters and mock-ups of sets and costumes
  • programs from cinemas and festivals, together with numerous files of press cuttings
  • plans of cinemas

Of particular note are archive collections of directors (René Clair, Marc Allégret, Jean Grémillon, Abel Gance, André Antoine, etc.), producers, (Serge Sandberg, etc.), set designers and composers (Léon Barsacq, Maurice Jaubert, etc.), critics, historians, and actors (Delphine Seyrig, Charles Vanel, Jean Mitry, Léon Moussinac, Marcel Lapierre, etc.).

The department also holds screenplays from the Gaumont and Pathé companies from the beginnings of cinema to the 1920s.

The Prints and Photographs department holds the following:

  • film posters, including in particular those received under the legal deposit scheme for French posters, from the origins of cinema to the present day
  • portraits of actors
  • press agency photographs

The Music department holds film music scores where these have been published (usually only in part).

The Audiovisual department at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand) also holds film screenplays and synopses, where published.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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