Collection PR-2235 - Pacific Cinematheque collection

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Pacific Cinematheque collection

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  • 1944-1975 (Creation)
    Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique

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152 film reels, 2 videotapes

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Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique was established as a film society in Vancouver in the 1970s. Since that time, it has become one of the most active film organizations in North America, with more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually. Their regular programming includes international cinema, director retrospectives, contemporary and classic Canadian filmworks, emerging talents, arthouse masterpieces, and experimental shorts and features.

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The collection consists of film printing elements and film prints accumulated by the Pacific Cinematheque as part of their archival mandate.

The collection also includes a few release prints of older National Film Board productions (1944-1968), most of which are no longer circulated by the NFB. These films on British Columbia subjects were selected from the Cinematheque's collection of NFB prints, most of which were acquired from the Vancouver Public Library. There is also a video transfer of the NFB film "Breakdown" (1951).

A smaller part of the collection (accession F1987:21) comprises prints and/or printing elements of nine films made in the period 1969-1975 by Vancouver independent and student filmmakers, including Peter Bryant, Fred Cawsey, Tom Shandel, Sylvia Spring, and Richard Watson. Most of these are short 16 mm films, but there are also 35 mm theatrical release prints of two B.C. features: Shandel's "Another Smith for Paradise" and Spring's "Madeleine Is . . .", both released in 1971.

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Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique, 1987 and 1989.


Some of these films were previously (and erroneously) described as part of PR-1992, the Creative filmmakers collection.

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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.

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Copyright is assumed to belong to the creators of the individual films. See item-level descriptions for details.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Archives code(s): F1987:11 ; F1987:21 ; F1989:17 ; V1989:15; Fonds description was previously numbered AAAA8084.

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Accession number(s): F1987:11; F1987:21; F1989:17; V1989:15


Moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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