Collections Highlights

By João Luiz Vieira

Some highlights of the collections of the Brazilian Cinematheque, in addition to their holdings of national  and foreign films comprised of more than 250.000 reels:

Documents and related materials

Brazilian filmography with information on almost 42.000 titles that encompasses all the periods o Brazilian cinema since 1897 through current times.  This archive is made up of books, newspapers, catalogues, thesis, brochures. Likewise, there is an important collection of posters, set photos, advertisement materials, film events and materials related to celebrities of national and foreing cinema.

Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes Archive (1916-1977)

This archive has records of the life and work of Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes in his varius activities as a political militant, researcher, film critic, professor, and chief conservator of the Brazilian Cinemathque as well as his activities witht the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)

Ana Maria Magalhães; Tarcísio Meira

Glauber Rocha Archive

Scripts, set designs, correspondence, unpublished materials, posters, photographs, national and international catalogues about his work, for a total of almost 2.500 documents.

Grande Otelo; Eliana

Atlântida Cinematográfica Archive

Scripts for short and long fiction feature films belonging to that producing company; advertisement and records in film journals, correspondence, films press releases, books, newspapers, magazine clips, posters and film equipment,  memorabilia, legal documentation on the creation of the company, including diverse materials such as the one from Severiano Ribeiro group and his network of theaters (architectural plans and film programing documents of the theaters).


TV Tupi Archive (1950-1980)

Journalistic AV archive of the first TV Channel in Brazil, with more than 125 hours of historical images from different TV News from the period,  Repórter Esso one of them. 


This collection documents state policies related to the development of Brazilian cinema in all its areas: production, distribution, commercialization, and dissemination of films abroad, and educational cultural activities, among others.


This collection contains documents related to control, administration, normativity, and legislation of every cinematographical activity in Brazil.


Beyond the documents located in its archives, the Brazilian Cinematheque contributed to the expansion of knowledge on Fritz Lang’s filmography, back in 1986, thanks to the discovery of two works considered lost  Four Around a Woman (Die vier um die frau, 1921) and The Wandering Image (Das wandernde Bild, 1920).

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