The National Cinema Museum’s archives is, thanks to the substantial nature of its contents, of incomparable range and offers the visitor the opportunity to experience unique and unedited documentation of the history of cinema. The archives keeps and conserves thousands of documents that bear witness to the lives and the work of the companies, directors, managers, scriptwriters, actors, cameramen and technicians who helped create Italian and foreign films, whether silent or with sound.
This collection comprises almost one hundred funds and collections, with dossiers, documents and individual pages of greatly varying origin and nature. The entire 20th century is covered, as are the 18th and 19th centuries, albeit less fully. The documentation of these periods is mostly related to pre-cinema and photography.
The richness and value of the collection are primarily due to the determination with which Maria Adriana Prolo dedicated her time to the recovery and the conservation of any type of document that could shed light on the history of cinema. The founder of the Museum often met directly with the protagonists of Italian silent films and this helped form the archives’ core nucleus with an obvious and inevitable inclination toward the very beginnings of cinema. Year after year, the Museum has added to this solid base and has broadened its areas of interest to all periods of cinema and all types of materials linked to the creation of films.
All the funds, series and individual archived documents are complete with an inventory. The archives provides for the updating and the computerization of these inventories.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (by appointment)
The public may access the Archives by booking at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. +39 011 8138 596
Fax +39 011 8138 595