Italy by Numbers: History on Film
Istituto Luce archives contain:
3 million photos
7 years to create online archive
infinite happiness for Italian film buffs/historians (est.)
Aficionados of Italy and Italian film have a reason to rejoice, even if they've
had to postpone or cancel a trip to the Bel Paese.
Istituto Luce, the country's largest film and news archives now has enough
free online material to keep you busy screening for months. From Michelangelo
Antonioni's documentary about Roman street sweepers (N.U. Nettezza Urbana)
to historical footage of the gondola wedding procession of Count Edoardo
Visconti di Modrone to Countess Arrivabene in 1931 it's a slice of the Bel
Paese that even Italians haven't had the chance to explore in depth until
Luce started out as a company making educational films in 1924 and was later
co-opted by the fascist regime -- but the collection ranges from a clip dated
1897 of King Umberto I to documentaries on today's Italy. Users can explore
by theme -- books and related clips, a staff picked screening room for
documentaries and a trip through Italy on the country's changing landscapes
-- or use the search engine.
The site, unveiled after seven years of work, is sure to keep the curious
busy -- some 3,000 hours of the archives' footage are available for viewing
online in modem, ADSL and broadband formats, with another 2,000 hours to
come online in the next few years.
Registered users can send ecards and participate in the forum; footage is
available for teaching or broadcast and a research service is also available.
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