Cinema in Context

Film in Nederland vanaf 1896

een encyclopedie van de filmcultuur

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Weet u:

welke verboden films men in 1929 toch kon zien?
waar de reizende bioscoop van Alberts Frères in 1907 stond?
wie de directeur was van het Pompenburg Theater in Rotterdam?

Quote from The Bioscope, reporting on the world of early and silent cinema:

“What is the finest film reference source on the Web, for all film let alone silent film? With all due respect to the Internet Movie Database, I think it is Cinema Context, a Dutch site created by Karel Dibbets and the University of Amsterdam. Describing itself as “an encylopedia of film culture”, the site documents film distribution and exhibition in the Netherlands in 1896. It does so through four data collections, on films, cinemas, people and companies, derived from painstakingly researched data on nearly all films exhibited in Dutch cinemas before 1960. The research team located film programmes from 1896 onwards in each of the major Dutch cities, entering all film titles, names, dates, cinemas etc, and then ingeniously matched this data to the records of these films on the IMDb.
The result is an incomparably rich resource for tracing films, the performers and the producers across time and territories, opening up whole new areas of analysis. Cinema Context also contains comprehensive data from the files of the Netherlands Board of Film Censors 1928-1960. As the site states: “Cinema Context is both an online encyclopaedia and a research tool for the history of Dutch film culture. Not only can you find information here about who, what, where and when: you can also analyse this information and study patterns and networks. Thanks to Cinema Context, we are now able to expose the DNA of Dutch film culture.” Naturally, it is available in both Dutch and English.
This is the new film research. Every nation should have the same.”

De aquarel van het Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam werd in 1934 getekend door Bart Peizel (Gemeentearchief Amsterdam)