Deutsche Kinemathek

The German Cinematheque - Museum for Film and Television is an important German film archive based in Berlin. Until the opening of a permanent exhibition of television in the Department of Film Museum Berlin on 1 June 2006, she was named German Cinematheque.


The German Film Archive was founded on 1 February 1963 as a registered association. The core of the collections formed two purchased by the Berlin Senate private archives: the extensive collection of the director Gerhard Lamprecht (movies, documents, materials, equipment ) as well as the smaller collection of Albert Fidelius, the son of a film -lender short since 1933 feature films, newsreels, previews, etc. had collected. The first director was Gerhard Lamprecht.

In 1965, at the German Film Archive of FIAF and now plays on the experience and copy exchange at international level part.

In 1971, the German Cinematheque was transformed into a foundation under civil law.

With the entry into the movie house on Potsdamer Platz, the German Cinematheque opened in September 2000, the Film Museum Berlin, an exhibition television was affiliated in 2006. 2013 celebrated the German Cinematheque its 50th anniversary. On this occasion, some movies Gerhard Lamprecht's been restored and also published as three volumes on the history of the collection and Gerhard Lamprecht.

Tasks and organization

The German Cinematheque Foundation has set itself the task of documenting the history of film and television and to promote scientific and educational argument with it. The films from the archives of the Cinematheque therefore can be borrowed for non-commercial purposes; as a rental charge of the Cinematheque in addition, the productions of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Since 1977, the Cinematheque also looks after film historical retrospectives at the International Film Festival Berlin.

The German Cinematheque Foundation employs approximately 60 employees today. After the death of longtime director Heinz Rath bag took over in 1990, the film historian Hans Helmut Prinzler the management of the Cinematheque. 2006 Rainer Rother was appointed Artistic Director. By March 2012, he was administrative director Paul Klimpel aside. Since then he has form and Maximilian Muellner, who is Paul Klimpel followed, the Board of the German Film.


The German Cinematheque is also literature - especially on German film and its history - out, including the journals Search Movie and TV and film exile (never ). She also publishes the series of publications movie books, as well as together with CineGraph the Film-Kurier index, the book series film text and brochures film materials. 2010 appeared the book Fritz Lang's Metropolis, with over 600 illustrations.


The film component of the German Film includes copies of some 12,000 German and foreign silent and sound films, with a focus on avant-garde, experimental and documentary films. However, it also includes games and animated films. For the work of the Cinematheque next part of the reconstruction and restoration of film history important films.

In addition, film stills, portraits and production stills, scripts, posters, film programs, admission cards, filmographic and biographical material, architecture and costume sketches, costumes, masks, props, models, prices, discounts, projectors, cameras, and other devices from the early days of cinemas collected to date. A particular focus of the collection are materials for film architecture. Another collection, which was established in 1985 by Rolf Giesen, entitled " Animation and Special Effects". In the heart of the collection to the German film exile is the legacy of the American agent Paul Kohner.


Part of the Cinematheque is also one of the largest specialist libraries on film and television in Germany. The collection includes film and television history, including the pre-and early history, film and television theory, literature on individuals and films as well as film and television industry and film and television technology. At your disposal are nearly 48,000 books and 3,800 journal titles, 220 of which subscribed continuously. Cinematography and bibliographic databases and 1,500 DVDs can be used on site. There are also extensive special collections, including materials Festival, movie theater programs and rental catalogs. A by about 16,000 articles growing annually Press Archive evaluates daily and weekly newspapers to media issues.


  • 2014: light and shadow. On the film set of the Weimar Republic
  • 2014: The Unseen lakes. Film in a new light
  • 2013: Bernd Eichinger - ... everything cinema
  • 2013: Martin Scorsese
  • 2012: 40 years of Sesame Street. A visit to the Museum for Film and Television
  • 2012: hero. An exhibition for children from 4 to 14 years old
  • 2011: On the set. Paris - Babelsberg - Hollywood, 1910-1930
  • 2011: On the set. Berlin - Babelsberg, today
  • 2011: Between film and art. Storyboards from Hitchcock to Spielberg
  • 2011: Experimental Television of the 1960s and '70s
  • 2011: Ingmar Bergman. Truth and Lies
  • 2010: The Nossendorf project. An installation by Hans Jürgen Syberberg
  • 2010: In the jungle. An exhibition for children from 4 to 14 years old
  • 2010: The Complete Metropolis
  • 2009: Romy Schneider. Wien - Berlin - Paris
  • 2009: Casting a Shadow. Alfred Hitchcock and his workshop
  • 2009: We were so free ... snapshots 1989/1990
  • 2008: Water worlds. An exhibition for children from 4 to 14 years old
  • 2008: Loriot. A tribute on his 85th birthday
  • 2007: film.geschichte: "If I go into my movie ' Sunday
  • 2007: film.kunst: Ulrike Ottinger
  • 2007: On hot tracks ... Master Detectives in the museum. An exhibition for children from 4 to 14 years old
  • 2007: movie costumes! The Company Theatre Arts
  • 2006: theater of the mind. Psychology and Film since Sigmund Freud
  • 2006: Michael Jary. Presentation of the estate
  • 2006: Goal! Football and Television
  • 2005: Hildegard Knef. An Artist from Germany. Special 80th birthday
  • 2005: Volker Noth Posters 1977-2005
  • 2005: Marika Rokk ( 1913-2004 ). Presentation of the estate
  • 2005: Henry Koster. Presentation of the collection Henry Koster in the foyer
  • 2005: Moving Spaces. Production Design Film
  • 2004: The Commissioners
  • 2004: From upright. 30 years based movie rental Berlin
  • 2004: The light at work watching. Helmut Herbst photographed friends and colleagues 1964-1990
  • 2004: Laura's Star. Exhibition Cartoons
  • 2004: The ideal woman. Ruth Leuwerik and the cinema of the fifties
  • 2003: flapping wings - angel in the movie
  • 2003: The world of Hardy Krüger. A tribute
  • 2003: Where film careers begin. 40 years The little teleplay in ZDF
  • 2003: Twilight of the Gods. Luchino Visconti 's German trilogy
  • 2003: Academy Awards in Animation
  • 2003: Hirschfeld 's Hollywood
  • 2003: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. A melancholy of the film
  • 2002: TV makes you happy
  • 2002: Hildegard Knef. Insights into the estate
  • 2002: Every Man for Himself and God Against All. The director Werner Herzog
  • 2002: A good friend. Heinz Riihmann 100th birthday
  • 2002: Berlin - Symphony of a Great City
  • 2001: Michael Ballhaus. Director of Photography
  • 2001: Forever Young. Marlene Dietrich 's 100th birthday
  • 2001: Mathias Bothor, Joachim Gern. portraiture
  • 2001: Website and Exhibition Lounge
  • 2001: images / stories / movies. Producer Joachim von Vietinghoff
  • 2001: Fritz Lang
  • 2001: Andreas Neubauer: Photographs