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THE RUSSIAN STATE DOCUMENTARY
FILM & PHOTO ARCHIVE
AT KRASNOGORSK
(RGAKFD)
I N T R O D U C T I O N

The Krasnogorsk Archive's film collection documents the entire history of Russian filmmaking, beginning with footage of the 1896 coronation of Czar Nicholas II shot by Kamill Serf, a cameraman for the pioneering Lumiere Brothers. Compiling another 1,000 films before 1917, the Archive was then nationalized and became the repository of all films documenting the October Revolution and events that followed. Known then as the Central Film and Photo Archive, the collection was installed on the grounds of the Lefortov Palace in 1928, and in 1936 was moved to its present location in the town of Krasnogorsk near Moscow.

Kasnogorsk ArchiveThe Archive has a virtually complete collection of newsreels from 1919 to 1985, documenting the politics, wars, disasters, trials, and the disparate peoples and places of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Available footage covers both World Wars; the Soviet invasions of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan; and the many dimensions of the Cold War including the Cuban missile crisis, the space race, Vietnam, and the collapse of the Communist system. Literature, art, sports, science, and many other aspects of Russian and other cultures of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are vividly represented among the 38,000 films of the Archive.

The Archive has a very progressive preservation plan in place, which was followed until the changes in government in the late 1980s. The vast collection of materials is maintained in a humidity and temperature - controlled environment and preventative treatment and restoration of many materials has been undertaken. The 52,000 films on nitrate stock have been duplicated except for perhaps 1%. Of course there is continuing preservation work to be done in transferring various other types of film currently endangered, but there are not sufficient government funds appropriated.

 

 

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